We all know that tobacco use is bad. It can cause illnesses like cancer, heart disease, stroke, disability and death. Yet, more than 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 high school students smoke and new products to the marketplace such as e-cigarettes continue to make tobacco visible and available. Faith communities can lead the way in helping people kick the habit and in not getting started with smoking in the first place.
Which can you check off? Does your faith community:
- Develop internal policies to encourage tobacco-free living. (ex. Tobacco Free Campus)
- Offer programs to help people quit smoking. (ex. Tobacco Cessation programs, education for youth on impact of tobacco use or e-cigarettes)
- Build community partnerships, collaboration and education for more tobacco-free living. (ex. Support smokefree multi-unit housing in the neighborhood)