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Welcome Jessica Kenneda
Reality Check Manager
We welcome Jessica Kenneda, Reality Check Manager to the TACFL Team! For those who have worked with and followed our group for some time, you will remember Jessica as the one who built TACFL’s Reality Check Youth Program back in 2014. Our coalition and youth are very happy for her return.
Welcome Back Jessica!
Yates County Legislature
Passes Tobacco Free County Property Law
Effective January 1, 2019, all Yates County properties, including county-owned vehicles will be tobacco free. Congratulations to those who worked so diligently over the years to provide a healthier county campus for all who enter. The law prohibits the use of tobacco or nicotine in any form.
Tobacco use remains the #1 leading cause of preventable disease and death, taking the lives of over 28,000 New York residents each year. The Surgeon General has stated that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Further, even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger allergies, asthma emergencies and other breathing problems. Add to that the fact that tobacco butt litter is the most littered item around the world and we may wonder why tobacco use is allowed anywhere that is open to the public.
Nicotine is a drug, a highly addictive drug that kills up to 50% of long term users. It is estimated that 70% of smokers want to quit, and fortunately help is available. See resources below.
– Yates County Public Health is offering cessation support for all county residents,
free of charge.
– New York State Smokers’ Quitline offers telephone counseling, nicotine replacement
therapy and online support.
– American Lung Association provides information about a low-dose CT scan designed
to identify lung cancer in it’s earliest, most treatable stages. Take the quiz to see if
you may qualify for the scan at http://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/saved-by-the-scan/
No Ifs, Ands, or Butts
This Spring, TACFL partnered with Dr. Shaili Saini, a medical resident from the University of Rochester to educate communities about tobacco use and the upwards trend in use of electronic cigarettes, such as JUUL. In Ontario County, we collaborated with the Partnership for Ontario County to show the presentation at a Community Café at the Wood Library. This was subsequently aired on the Finger Lakes TV website. Dr. Saini held her presentation at locations in Wayne and Ontario Counties.
Dr. Saini covered a variety of topics:
The hazardous chemicals in conventional cigarettes
Other forms of tobacco use, including hookah
The history of tobacco marketing and its glamorization in mainstream media
Chemicals that can be found in e-liquid
Health Effects of smoking
E-cigarettes and JUUL
Tobacco control legislation
World No Tobacco Day
May 31st is World No Tobacco Day, an event created by the World Health Organization. This year’s theme, Tobacco Breaks Hearts, focuses on the negative effects of tobacco use on cardiovascular health. Tobacco use can cause coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Unfortunately, tobacco use causes 2 million deaths from cardiovascular disease every year, meaning that in a world without tobacco, millions of lives could be saved. What’s more, millions of people around the world are unaware that tobacco use has an effect on cardiovascular health, emphasizing the importance of education.
In our communities, we celebrated World No Tobacco Day with help from a handful of local schools. Health classes at South Seneca, Midlakes, Red Creek, Sodus, and Dundee led their students through a scavenger hunt that educated on various topics pertaining to tobacco use. Students now know that there are 27 times more tobacco retailers than McDonald’s in the US, 90% of smokers start by age 18, stores near schools contain 3 times the amount of tobacco marketing than other stores, and the average age of a new smoker is 13. Students then brought these lessons home to become teachers themselves, educating members of their household. The Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes would like to thank the teachers, students, and families that participated in the World No Tobacco Day activity.
Coming in the July/August Newsletter
Tobacco-Free Public Place Listing
Ontario, Seneca Wayne and Yates Counties