No Tobacco Day is Coming Up

by Courtney Wheaton on May 30, 2014 at 6:52 am

Saturday is the World Health Organization’s No Tobacco Day that aims to highlight the risks of tobacco use and promotes effective actions to reduce consumption of the product.

In Muskingum county 20 percent of adults use tobacco products. The trend is also popular among our area youth.

"that’s about 1 and 4 people that you pass each day and about 25 percent of teenagers are smokers or use some form of tobacco so what we want to do is one more time get the word out about tobacco use, " said Bonnie Kirsch, Director of Community Health.

Kirsch says one way to combat this issue is by bringing awareness to the risks and dangers people take when using the product, including cancer, yellowing of skin and nails and asthma. She has a few suggestions people can use when trying to kick the habit.

" Some of things we can do to help ourselves to quit is support others to who are trying to quit, and encourage children to talk about tobacco use and to work with their school to get information about tobacco use," said Kirsch.

Tobacco use kills nearly six million people each year.