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Chargers STOMP Out Tobacco

December 2017  -  Stomp Out Tobacco Flyer

November 2017

The Great American Smokeout

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event.  Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day.  By quitting-even for 1 day- smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier like and reducing their cancer risk.  Changers Stomp Out Tobacco will be sponsoring activities at Chariton High School and Middle Schools that day to have students pledge to be tobacco/nicotine free and they will receive a bracelet recognizing this.

About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world.  While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 15.1% in 2015) cigar, pipe and hookah-other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco- are very much on the rise.  Smoking kills people- there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at my age.  Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help.  Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.

October 2017

We had our first meeting, and we were very excited to welcome six new members to our High School group.  We are hoping to establish a Jr High group this year, also.  We have lots of exciting plans for working toward prevention of young people starting to smoke, protection of people from second hand smoke, and assisting current smokers to stop smoking. 

Watch for us in the Homecoming Parade.  We will be passing out information that can benefit you and your family.  We will also be planning activities for Red Ribbon Week in October.  Red Ribbon Week is a week recognized throughout the nation to host tobacco and drug prevention activities.  The slogan for Red Ribbon Week this year is “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Tobacco and Drug Free”.

September 2017

What You Should Know About Nicotine:

Nicotine is a drug! It’s more addictive than cocaine or heroin. Nicotine tricks the brain into thinking it needs more and more nicotine. That’s how the addiction begins. After a person smokes a few cigarettes or uses smokeless tobacco (chew), the brain cells adapt to the different mix of neurotransmitters that nicotine stimulates. Without nicotine, withdrawal symptoms begin, like irritability, feeling nervous, hungry, dizzy, depressed and wanting more nicotine. Addicts feel relaxed after smoking because nicotine treats the withdrawal symptoms. Young tobacco users may think they’re in control of tobacco use. The addiction makes the user lose control. The drug controls the user.
 
Want to quit?
Quitline Iowa 1-800-Quit Now or 1-800-784-8669 can offer help and support to quit and live tobacco/nicotine free. Counselling is available to anyone age 13 and older.  Nicotine replacement is available to those people age 18 and older.
 
Remember breaking an addiction is tough, but you are tougher!
 

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