Do you want to quit smoking or using other tobacco products?
Reasons to quit using tobacco:
Tobacco causes cancer, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, asthma and emphysema to name a few. The average smoker spends $1,500 to $3,000 a year on cigarettes. It is costly in more ways than one. Quit for your family. Live a healthier, longer life and watch your family grow.
They need you.
Resources to help you quit and stay tobacco free:
Rambo Memorial Health Center offers free group sessions to help smokers quit. For more information, call 740-452- 5401.
The Ohio Tobacco Quitline offers free smoking cessation therapy and counseling when you call 1-800- 784-8669. You are eligible for this program if you are uninsured, receive Medicaid, are pregnant or your employer is a member of the Ohio Tobacco Collaborative. You can also call the Health Department at 740-454- 9741 for more information.
What we do to combat tobacco in our community:
We are grant funded by the Ohio Department of Health to conduct projects related to youth smoking prevention and smoke-free multi-unit housing, school campuses and workplaces. The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department works with community leaders to decrease tobacco use in Muskingum County by encouraging tobacco-free environments and promoting cessation efforts.
Health Educators facilitate a STAND group at West Muskingum High School. The group consists of high school students who want to make a difference by spreading the anti-tobacco message. The ultimate goal is to make tobacco an unacceptable cultural norm in our community. This school year, the STAND group will develop community messages such as billboards, radio ads, and newspaper articles to prevent tobacco use. We will also be surveying tobacco advertising in tobacco retailer stores to monitor their marketing strategies. In addition to standing up against tobacco, this group gives high school students an opportunity to experience public speaking, community service and policy change.
The Smoke-Free Workplace Act
This act protects all Ohioans from breathing second hand smoke in workplaces and public buildings. For more information, check out www.ohionosmokelaw.gov. Tobacco use is a leading cause of worker lost production time, more than alcohol abuse or family emergencies. Smoke-Free workplace policies are not solely designed to protect non-smokers, but also to encourage employees to improve their health by quitting.
To report a business that is not complying with the Smoke-Free Workplace Act please call 1-866- 599-6446. Your call will go directly to the Ohio Department of Health. The report will then be forwarded to a Registered Sanitarian at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department who will follow up with the place of business.
Tobacco-Free School Campuses
Tobacco-Free schools promote healthy lifestyles and provide positive role-modeling for children. You can encourage your school district to adopt and enforce tobacco-free policies that prohibit tobacco use at all times on all school property by students, teachers, spectators, and visitors. Contact your school board members to express your concern and ask them to take action to protect children from exposure to second hand smoke and set a healthy example for students to follow.
Please call the Health Department to learn more about what local school districts are doing to make their campuses healthier for their students, faculty, staff and visitors at 740-454- 9741. For more information about tobacco use prevention in schools, visit www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/tobacco/index.htm.
In addition to the important health benefits of reducing exposure to second hand smoke, restricting smoking can decrease the risk of accidental fires and may even reduce fire insurance premiums. Landlords may also see a significant decrease in maintenance and turnover costs.
Do you need more information on smoke-free apartments/housing?
Landlords, did you know that you can make your complex/property smoke-free? Please call us or visit www.cdc.gov.healthyhomes/Healthy_Homes_Manual_WEB.pdf.
If you are a medical provider and would like more information to help your patients quit using tobacco please call the Health Department or visit www.ahrq.gov/clinic/tobacco/systems.htm. This site can give you more information about incorporating the 5A’s into your practice. ZMCHD can also provide materials and resources to support your efforts in helping your patients to quit smoking.
The Five A’s: Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange
Evidence shows patients are more likely to quit tobacco use if they receive consistent quit messages from healthcare providers. The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is able to train healthcare providers to use the 5 A’s methodology with patients.