Cigarette Smoke is No Joke

By Michael Lerner
Wednesday, September 18th 2019
A lot of progress has been made in educating the public on the dangers of smoking tobacco. Most states now prohibit smoking in restaurants and public places and many companies make smokers do their business in a place far from where their second hand smoke can affect non-smokers. In this country, it would be pretty hard to believe that someone would still light up in light of all of the graphic advertisements broadcast in recent years. We have all seen the shocking and tragic commericals showing cancer and emphysema victims deteriorating down to their last gasp.

And yet still, you cannot go out in front of your office, college dorm and even a hospital without seeing a pack of people chugging cigarettes as if they actually provided pure oxygen. The fact is, oxygen is what they will need later on in life when smoking has taken its toll on their lungs, heart and other vital organs. Not to mention discolored teeth, funky breath and a dent in the wallet or purse.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention),

  • Tobbaco is still the largest preventable cause of death and disease in the US
  • Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year
  • 41,000 people die each year disease related to secondhand smoke
  • The cost of smoke-related illness costs our country more than $133 billion a year

    The Great American Smokeout, held this year on November 19th, provides an opportunity to provide a day of oxygen for smokers. An entire day without smoking may be difficult for addicted smokers, but at the same time will be a breath of fresh air. It will also be a nice way to show children and teenagers that smoking is not a great choice and proclaim that not smoking is the best and only choice.

    For schools, police departments, health clinics and hospitals, it is a great day to educate children and adults on the dangers of smoking. Hand out education materials for The Great American Smokeout such as information sliders and bookmarks for adults and coloring books and stickers for children.