Kick off the school year with a smoke-free ride to school for your student

With school starting up again, Tobacco Free Lancaster County Coalition encourages parents to make sure their children ride in smoke-free vehicles. Children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to get sick and have trouble learning in school.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children who are exposed to secondhand smoke have increased risks of bronchitis and other respiratory infections, middle ear infections and more severe asthma. Smoke can also slow lung growth, with permanent consequences. It can make it more difficult to concentrate, too.

Smoke settles into seats, door panels and ceiling liners of vehicles. It re-enters the air for a long time afterward. Then it is called third-hand smoke. Breathing third-hand smoke is also dangerous.

Children are growing rapidly, their lungs and brains are developing and they breathe more air for their body sizes than adults do. All of those things put children at a greater risk for the health problems linked to smoke.

The only good answer is to keep the vehicle smoke-free. Rolling down a window does not eliminate the problem, because much of the smoke stays in the vehicle anyway.

Help your children have a good year at school by keeping your vehicles and their world smoke-free.

Story credit: Community Connections Tobacco Free Lincoln County

 

In May 2017, teams of youth from Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army and the Malone Center will be visiting 77 different retail locations throughout Lincoln to observe and document tobacco advertising on the inside and the outside of retail locations. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) the tobacco industry spends 60 million dollars a year in Nebraska alone on advertising.  Youth will be using an assessment tool created by Counter Tools, a national effort supported by the CDC to engage communities in place-based health equity.  Funding for this project was provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Tobacco-Free Nebraska as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

According to the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 23.8% of youth in Lincoln-Lancaster County reported using E.N.D.S. in the past 30 days and 39.1% of youth reported they have “ever used” electronic cigarettes (Centers for Disease Control, 2015). This translates to approximately 3,200 Lincoln/Lancaster County youth using e-cigarettes in the last 30 days.

The 2016 Surgeon General’s report comprehensively reviews the public health issue of e-cigarettes and their impact on U.S. youth and young adults. Studies highlighted in the report cover young adolescents (11-14 years of age); adolescents (15-17 years of age); and/or young adults (18-25 years of age). Scientific evidence contained in this report supports the following facts found here: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.

In 2014 Nebraska made changes to the tobacco and vapor product (e-cigarettes) sales and use statutes.  Read more about e-cigarettes.

Watch for 3 tobacco prevention messages rolling down Lincoln streets!

October 20, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, Training Center (lower level), 3140 N Street, Lincoln, NE.  Lunch is provided. Space is limited. Please RSVP by October 6th to Deb, 402-441-6225, dedelmaier@lincoln.ne.gov or Renee, 402-441-4685, rmassie@lincoln.ne.gov

  • Learn how to implement a tobacco-free campus policy and enhance compliance.
  • Hear from a panel of representatives from colleges, universities, and businesses about their experiences with a tobacco-free campus policy.
  • Receive resources and samples of tobacco-free campus policies.

 

 

50anniv-logoThe 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health will be released on January 16.

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The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its devastating consequences in the United States and around the world.