Tobacco Cessation

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Live Healthy, Live Well Tobacco Prevention Campaign is a Huge Success

The Lafayette County Health Department has been instrumental in leading tobacco prevention and cessation programs throughout the County.

Students With a Goal (S.W.A.G.) continue to advocate for smoke-free environments throughout the County. High school students from Lexington, Higginsville and Odessa have been active in a variety of smoke-free initiatives. Some include:

According to the American Lung Association, tobacco continues to be the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, killing more than 400,000 people every year.  Every day, more than 4,000 kids try their first cigarettes; another 1,000 kids become addicted smokers, one-third of whom will die prematurely as a result.

“The big tobacco companies spend millions of dollars every year to try to fool teenagers into trying their products,” said Glenda Bertz, RN at Lafayette County Health Department, and co-sponsor of S.W.A.G..  “They need replacement customers to take the place of the customers who have died or quit.  We don’t want our students to be big tobacco’s replacements, because our students are IRREPLACEABLE!  I am very proud of the S.W.A.G. students for taking a stand to make Lafayette County a healthier community in which to live.”

The Lafayette County Health Department has also been instrumental in distributing almost 50 no-smoking decals to area restaurants, helping other businesses and organizations establish no-smoking policies, as well as conducting smoking cessation programs throughout the County.