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Published on May 22, 2014

World No Tobacco Day is May 31

May 22, 2014

Courtesy of the DeKalb County Health Department

Quit SmokingThe DeKalb County Health Department supports the annual “World No Tobacco Day” on May 31st. This global date is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and their partners. The purpose of this day is to advocate for policies that prevent tobacco consumption, reduce secondhand smoke exposure, and increase tobacco cessation.   

Every day millions of people of all ages continue to be affected by the harmful effects of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.  However, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke because they are still developing physically. When exposed to second hand smoke, children are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), upper respiratory and lung infections, ear infections and more severe and frequent asthma attacks. 

This World No Tobacco Day, let’s help every child grow up healthy, happy and able to reach their potential. Here are three steps you can take to help reach that goal:

  • Do not smoke in your home and do not allow others to do so
  • Live in smoke-free housing or buildings
  • Quit if you smoke 

Jane Lux, Public Health Administrator reminds us that 80% of Illinois adults do not smoke. Resources are available to help you be part of this group. Take the first step by calling the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937). You will receive free, convenient, and confidential counseling from respiratory therapists and registered nurses who can provide tips on dealing with withdrawal symptoms as well as information about cessation medications. The Quitline is provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association. Live Smoke Free, take the first step and call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937).

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