Tobacco use continues to be the number one health risk behavior! Quitting tobacco use is the number one behavior change that can improve a person's health and the health of those around them including the lives of their pets. Never starting is even better!
Given the negative health impacts of tobacco, it continues to be important to prevent exposure to smoke, prevent tobacco use, and to provide supports to quit when people are ready to stop using tobacco products.
RVHCC works with community partners to develop and strengthen smoke- or tobacco-free policies; links people to rresources for quitting tobacco; and provides training and resources. We partner with local youth groups, like the River Valley Interact club, to advocate for a healthier state for everyone (see picture).
RVHCC is also interested in expanding the number of smoke-free family events and smoke-free public places where children are present. It's an interesting fact that by not seeing tobacco advertising, sales, or use helps children to never smoke.
RVHCC works with community partners to promote increased smoke-free outdoor settings as we learn more about the negative impact of tobacco smoke and related litter even in open air settings. RVHCC is working with agricultural fairs, youth sports locations, and other local locations to be smoke-free settings and to provide appropriate signs.
For support with creating tobacco policies, finding tobacco treatment resources, scheduling trainings on tobacco-related issues, or if you have a favorite outdoor venue that may be interested in a smoke-free or tobacco-free policy contact Patty Duguay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-364-7408.