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Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. Despite these risks, approximately 46.6 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipes also have deadly consequences, including lung, larynx, esophageal, and oral cancers.

Tobacco Use Prevention

LCHD leads efforts to reduce the rate of youth and adult smoking, vaping, and other tobacco product use through education and system and policy change.

  • The Licking County Wellness Coalition and Tobacco Use Reduction Network (TURN) work toward system and policy changes to reduce tobacco use.
  • LCHD works with Our Futures Licking County to conduct "Reward and Reminder" tobacco sales compliance checks at tobacco retailers.
  • Our health educators work with schools to adopt 100% Tobacco-Free School policies.
  • We promote smoke-free multi-unit housing policies in apartment buildings.
  • Tobacco-Free Worksite Campus policies improve employee wellness and visitor comfort.
  • Kickin' Ash Splash Pool Party, and annual tobacco, drug, and alcohol free event for the whole family hosted at the Heath City Water Park. If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering please contact us.
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Need Help Quitting?

#MYLIFEMYQUIT. Free Help, Just for Teens. At My Life, My Quit we share the truth about nicotine, vaping and other tobacco products. If you decide you want to quit, we're here to help you do it successfully. Text "Start My Quit" to 855.891.9989 or call to talk with a coach who is ready to listen and cheer you on. It's YOUR LIFE and we're here to help you live it YOUR WAY. My Life, My Quit is always free and confidential. Start My Quit.

Adults can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to contact Ohio’s quit line.

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Tobacco Policies

►Tobacco 21 Policy (T21)

As of October 17, 2019 it is illegal to give, sell, or otherwise distribute cigarettes, other tobacco products, or alternative nicotine products like e-cigarette/vaping products to any person under the age of 21.

Learn more about T21 here:

►Point of Sale Policy

To reduce harmful exposure to tobacco marketing, communities may regulate where and how tobacco is sold. These “point of sale” (POS) policy interventions can include regulating the number, type, and location of tobacco retailers, and limiting the sale of flavored tobacco products.

Learn more about Point of Sale Policies here:

►Tobacco Free Workplace Policies

Workplace tobacco bans (e.g., tobacco-free buildings, campuses, and company-owned vehicles) encourage users to quit and reinforce the company’s health emphasis.

Learn more about tobacco free workplaces here:

►Tobacco Free Public Spaces

Outdoor tobacco-free policies include private sector rules and public sector regulations that prohibit tobacco use outside or restrict it to designated areas. Private sector policies generally ban smoking on worksite property, while state and local ordinances often establish smoke-free standards for specified outdoor public areas such as parks and beaches.

Learn more about tobacco free outdoor space policies here:

Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control

In public health, health equity is the opportunity for everyone to reach their full health potential.

Tobacco-related disparities that prevent someone from reaching their full health potential affect many different population groups based on socially determined circumstances and characteristics like age, disability, education, income, occupation, geographic location, race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health status, substance abuse and military status. These groups have a higher prevalence of tobacco use. Learn more about tobacco-related disparities from the CDC here.

Tobacco retailer density can also contribute to tobacco-related disparities. According to a CDC report, "proximity to tobacco retail outlets and higher retail density is associated with increased tobacco product consumption, decreased quit attempts among adults who smoke cigarettes and want to quit, and with higher youth initiation of tobacco product use."

A map of tobacco retailers in central Licking County can be seen in the image below.

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