Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing more than 11,000 adults in New Jersey every year. According to the Surgeon General’s Report released in November of 2016, exposure to nicotine, whether from tobacco products or e-cigarettes during significant periods of brain development such as adolescence, can disrupt the growth of brain circuits that control attention, learning and susceptibility to addiction. On a local level, 15% of Sussex County residents smoke and the County exceeds the Statewide Rate for lung and bronchus cancer. Sussex County ranks tenth in incidence and eighth in mortality rate of lung and bronchus cancers in the state. Join the fight against tobacco, by promoting and supporting a smoke-free, healthier community.
March 15th was Kick Butts Day, an annual initiative sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. This is a day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. In recognition of Kick Butts Day, community members are invited to join the Center for Prevention and Counseling, the Sussex-Warren Chronic Disease Coalition, the Sussex County Division of Health and Newton Medical Center to celebrate smoke-free living in Sussex County. This special event takes place on March 30, 2017 at Newton Medical Center’s Romano Conference Center from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Local Youth will be recognizing community members who chose to quit smoking in order to live a healthier life. Additionally, guest speakers will share current tobacco trends, policies related to tobacco use and information on cessation tools.
If you would like more information on tobacco prevention please contact Elise McGaughran, Northern Regional Coordinator, Tobacco Free for a Healthy NJ, a program of the Center for Prevention & Counseling at Elise@centerforprevention.org or call973-383-4787.