Two Rivers: World No Tobacco Day

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Two Rivers Public Health Department, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), calls attention to the health risks associated with tobacco use through World No Tobacco Day, celebrated annually on May 31. TRPHD is committed to addressing tobacco use and encourages people around throughout Southcentral Nebraska to avoid tobacco product use and secondhand smoke exposure.

Did you know that tobacco use is still a leading cause of preventable death and disability in the world?

* Each year more than 7 million people worldwide die from diseases caused by tobacco use, including 890,000 from exposure to secondhand smoke.

* Heart disease, a leading cause of death, has been linked to tobacco use. In fact, about 10% of all cardiovascular disease deaths around the world are related to tobacco use and secondhand smoke. In the United States, secondhand smoke causes nearly 34,000 early deaths from coronary heart disease each year among people who don’t smoke cigarettes.

* In the TRPHD district:

  • 15.8% of adults are current cigarette smokers, compared to 17% of adults in Nebraska.
  • 10.4 % of adults are current smokeless tobacco users, compared to 5.7% of adults in Nebraska
  • 18% of adults have ever used e-cigarettes, compared to 22.6% of adults in Nebraska

Quitting tobacco use and resources

Fortunately, quitting cigarette smoking and other tobacco use and avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke can make a big difference in reducing your risk for heart disease.

* Callers can contact the Quitline 24/7 at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).

* For Spanish, call 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (335-3569). Translation is available in more than 170 languages.

TRPHD works with the state of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and other partners to help collect information on tobacco use through surveys such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. The information gathered is used to help monitor tobacco use, provide guidance for tobacco prevention and control programs, and compare tobacco use among different counties and districts. By working together to address tobacco product use and secondhand smoke exposure, countries can prevent millions of deaths each year from tobacco-related illness, as well as save billions of dollars in health care costs.

The Health Department encourages a holistic program of work to promote health and prevent diseases. The adoption of healthy practices and preventative factors in your life serve to promote health and wellness. Many healthy behaviors such as not smoking learned early in life from care givers such as parents, childcare providers, and educators. Education that young children receive becomes the cornerstone to living healthy lives as adults.

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