The Region G Public Health Collaboration hopes to educate our community about the negative health effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. Our campaign aims to:
1. build awareness of the adverse health effects of tobacco use
2. motivate smokers to try to quit
3. build awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke
4. change the attitudes and beliefs of smokers about smoking and quitting
5. contribute to changes in tobacco-related behaviour, leading to reduced tobacco consumption and reduced exposure to secondhand smoke among non-smokers
Missouri offers free help to smokers who want to quit tobacco use. The Missouri Tobacco Quitline provides counseling, information, and referrals. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Or visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Smoking and Tobacco page.
The Missouri Foundation for Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative program takes a comprehensive approach to tobacco use.
The 5 D’s for Quitting Tobacco
Try using the 5 D’s for Quitting Tobacco:
- Delay for 3 to 5 minutes & the urge will pass.
- Drink water to fight off cravings.
- Do something else to fight off cravings.
- Deep breath as it will relax you. Close your eyes & take 10 slow deep breaths.
- Discuss your thoughts & feelings with someone close to you or a support group.
More Smoking Cessation Resources…
Are you a teen smoker? If you are interested in quitting tobacco, go to teen.smokefree.gov and get the help you need. This site is designed and run by people at the National Cancer Institute. We want you to take control of your health. And that’s why we developed this site. We’re NOT going to tell you what to do. This site is designed to help you understand the decisions you make—especially the decision to quit smoking—and how those decisions fit into your life.
Becomeanex.org is a free quit smoking program that helps you re-learn your life without cigarettes. Before you actually stop smoking, this website will show you how to deal with the very things that trip up so many people when they try to quit smoking. So you’ll be more prepared to quit and stay quit.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Toolkit
The CDC recently released a toolkit for carbon monoxide poisoning prevention. The toolkit features easy-to-use, downloadable resources that organizations can include in their awareness materials and communications channels. The CDC developed the materials in partnership with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the American Lung Association, the National Public Health Information Coalition, and others. Access the toolkit here.