The goals of the Kane County Health Department Tobacco Program are to:
- Prevent youth from smoking
- Reduce secondhand smoke exposure
- Promote smoking cessation
Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death within the United States, causing nearly 1 in 5 deaths. Not only are smokers more likely than non-smokers to develop stroke, heart disease and lung cancer, but smoking also causes diminished overall health, more absenteeism from work, and higher health care costs and utilization. (CDC)
Visit our smoking cessation page to learn more about quitting smoking and tobacco products.
There are many different types of electronic cigarettes and e-cigarettes can be referred to by many different names. With all of the new products and terms people may be confused by what these products are. The bottom line is that e-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, and pregnant women to use.
Since e-cigarettes are fairly new, scientists are still unsure about the long-term health effects. What is known though is that most e-cigarettes contain nicotine which is highly addictive, can harm adolescent brain development until the mid-20s, and be toxic to developing fetuses. Other potential dangers of e-cigarette use include potential harmful substances found in e-cigarette aerosol (including cancer causing chemicals), and unintended injuries such as fires and explosions from defective e-cigarette batteries (CDC).
In December 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General declared youth e-cigarette use an epidemic and stated that youth e-cigarette use has skyrocketed in the past year (HHS).
Kane County Tobacco Control Coalition
The Kane County Tobacco Control Coalition was formed in January 2019 to address tobacco use and vaping within Kane County. The efforts of the coalition are focused on:
1) Policy change and advocacy efforts including strengthening school tobacco codes to include e-cigarettes and passing local smoke-free policies
2) Increasing awareness of youth e-cigarette use including providing education to youth and parents and offering resources
3) Increasing utilization of cessation resources in the community, getting more engagement from patients and healthcare providers regarding the ITQL
The coalition meets bi-monthly. If you are interested in attending the coalition or learning more about our efforts, contact Marija Hegel at email@example.com.
Kane County Tobacco Control Coalition members include: