What is Secondhand Smoke? Secondhand smoke is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, and the smoke exhaled by smokers. Secondhand smoke is also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and exposure to secondhand smoke is sometimes called involuntary or passive smoking. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances, several of which are known to cause cancer in humans or animals. (http://www.epa.gov/smokefree/healtheffects.html) Secondhand smoke has been linked to heart disease, cancer, serious health issues in children and even SIDS.
How Can I Protect Myself and My Family? The most effective form of protection from SHS is through Environmental Tobacco Policies. A smoke-free policy or legislation prohibits tobacco smoke exposure in public places. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/secondhand_smoke/index.htm
Tobacco Prevention Programing. JCHD provides a multi-faceted approach to Tobacco Programming. We offer the following tobacco prevention services to the community:
- Tobacco prevention education in the schools (TATU – Teen Against Tobacco Use)
- Tobacco cessation programming and evaluation to the community and local manufacturing facilities
- Collect, update and maintain data relating to secondhand smoke exposure through varying surveys (community public opinion polls and logging inspected facilities policies on smoking.) Right click here to download a Microsoft Excel list of smoke-free establishments in Jessamine County that the health department inspects.
- Assistance with policy development relating to tobacco regulations/policies/ordinances.
School-based Tobacco Prevention Program. Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) is a peer teaching tobacco prevention program. High School students are recruited to peer- mentor and teach our local middle school students about the dangers of tobacco use in an attempt to educate and discourage tobacco experimentation and usage, as well as teaching refusal skills for peer pressure. http://www.lung.org/associations/charters/midland-states/learning-opportunities/facilitator-trainings/tatu/
Smoke-free Policy Development. The Jessamine County Health Department is able to offer technical assistance to any local business/manufacturer with the development of a smoke-free policy. http://no-smoke.org/goingsmokefree.php