Friday, December 4, 2015

Encouragement to make DC smoke-free

The District of Columbia was not one of the 50 communities selected as a Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion grantee but there is much we can learn from the national and local partners starting with ways to reduce the tobacco use and smoke exposure.

DC has taken numerous steps to reduce resident, worker, and visitor exposure to smoke but more can be done.   Young people continue to experiment with smoking.   According to the 2012 OSSE report District of Columbia PROMOTE. PREVENT. PROTECT. Youth Risk Behavior Survey (PDF), 5% of middle school students reported having smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days and 14% of the high school students reported having smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days.   And the number is likely higher; surveys relying on self-reports are known to under-report.

If you are interested in tackling this important public health issue, read the Partnering4Health project's Where You Live, Work and Play Should Be Smoke-Free, below.

National Orgs Success Stories Tobacco (002)

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