SNOHOMISH COUNTY --- The “fresh sheet” at select local restaurants and coffee stands includes a healthy message for patrons this Thursday. Eleven food service vendors will participate in The Great American Smokeout, Nov. 21, by distributing “Auto Be Smoke Free” litter bags and information.
Smokeout participants include 2 Cups Up and Hook, Line, and Espresso in Granite Falls; Zeke's Drive-In and Index Café in Index; Burger King, Dairy Queen and Java Joint in Stanwood; Morning Star Espresso and State Street Junction-Espresso Stand in Marysville; and JC's Espresso and Mountlake Terrace HS Espresso Stand in Mountlake Terrace.
Snohomish Health District and the Tobacco Free Snohomish County Coalition are sponsoring the local health promotion as part of the American Cancer Society’s national effort to help smokers quit for at least one day --- in the hope they will quit forever.
“Tobacco kills more than 8 thousand people every year in our state," said Deanne Thompson, health educator for Snohomish Health District. "Breathing secondhand smoke can be nearly as dangerous as smoking the cigarette itself," she said. “It’s terrific that local businesses are willing to step up to deliver the message.”
Each “Auto Be Smoke Free” bag contains information about the dangers of secondhand tobacco smoke in cars, a window decal or air freshener, car seat safety information, and a Washington State Quit Line card (1-877-270-STOP).
Snohomish Health District’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program includes billboard and print advertising, smoking cessation classes, youth networking, retailer compliance checks, and the “Auto Be Smoke Free” campaign.
For more information about tobacco prevention and control, call Deanne Thompson at 425.339.8632 or visit Snohomish Health District’s Web site: www.snohd.org.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works to improve the health of individuals, families and communities through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats.
Did you know...?
- Secondhand tobacco smoke hurts kids by increasing risk for asthma, ear infections, pneumonia, bronchitis and in some cases Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Breathing secondhand tobacco smoke in a car for one hour is like smoking three cigarettes.
- Secondhand tobacco smoke contains many toxic agents including carbon monoxide, ammonia and cyanide.
- Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer and other health problems. You can protect your family...
- If you smoke, quit!
- Keep smoke away from you and your family by asking people not to smoke in your car or home.
- Eat in smoke-free environments.
- Seek a smoke-free worksite.