World No Tobacco Day was created by the member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987 and is celebrated annually today - May 31. The goal of World No Tobacco Day is to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and its lethal effects.
In celebration of World No Tobacco Day, Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties, with the help of area youth, will be holding cigarette butt pick-ups in parks in Gladstone and Stephenson. According to Shanna Hammond, tobacco coordinator for Public Health, "We want to call attention to the toll that tobacco takes on our community, and highlight the steps that we are taking locally to have an impact. We are actively working with community members to provide tobacco-free outdoor recreation areas for our residents, visitors, and young people."
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Michigan - killing more than 12,700 Michigan residents each year. More than 8 million Americans are living with a smoking-related disease, and every day more than 1,000 youth under age 18 become daily smokers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the tobacco industry spends more than $1 million an hour - over $27 million a day - in the United States to market and promote cigarettes.
The Michigan Department of Community Health offers a free telephone service to help tobacco users quit. Callers can receive information and referral and, if qualified, can enroll in a free coaching program and even receive nicotine replacement medications to assist them in quitting. Call the Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or visit online at www.njhcommunity.org/michigan/ .
For more information, contact Shanna Hammond at (906) 789-8112. For help in quitting tobacco use, talk with your healthcare provider or contact the Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-784-8669. For more information about World No Tobacco Day visit http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/en/.