Despite efforts to prevent smoking, it’s still an ongoing problem. Kylie Jones, a Health Educator at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, said part of the reason is due to a lack of funding, making it difficult "to fight the battle of tobacco use."
Jones said, "It’s the people starting younger and then becoming tobacco users for a lifetime. But if we can kind of decrease the amount of youth that are starting, like I said, younger than 26. They have a greater chance of not using tobacco."
In addition to working on initiatives like tobacco-free homes to limit the exposure of second hand smoke, Jones said the health department is also working on smoke-free unit housing.
"Apartment complexes here in the county, we’re hoping to get more and more of those to go smoke free so that other people that don’t use tobacco are not exposed to that second hand smoke."
You can call the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line at -800-QUIT-NOW, or the health department to learn more about kicking the habit.