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Eagle County Public Health recognizes the Great American Smokeout Nov. 17

Mandy Ivanov, Health Promotion Coordinator, 970-328-8808, mandy.ivanov@eaglecounty.us

Nov. 16, 2016 – In recognition of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, Eagle County Public Health urges community members to quit smoking and implement policies to help curb tobacco use.

Nearly 70 percent of adults who smoke have a desire to quit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It takes the average person nine quit attempts before quitting smoking for good. Recent statistics for Eagle County show a decline in smoking from 16.5 percent in 2012 to 8.7 percent in 2014.

“There are free resources available to people in the county who want to quit smoking,” said Mandy Ivanov, health promotion coordinator for the Western Mountain Region Tobacco Education, Prevention, and Cessation Program (TEPAC). “The Colorado Quitline offers free nicotine patches and gum along with complimentary counseling to aid in quitting.”  1-800-QUITNOW.

TEPAC also works to reduce secondhand smoke exposure through opportunities to strengthen policies within multi-unit housing complexes. Earlier this month, Riverview Apartments, an affordable housing property in EagleVail, began implementing a smoke-free policy that covers the entire property, including balconies, porches, and outdoor areas.  

“The decision to strengthen the existing smoke-free policy at Riverview was to prevent secondhand smoke exposure within individual units and on the grounds,” said Ivanov. “Free tobacco cessation resources are being provided for residents who are ready to quit smoking entirely.”

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no safe level of exposure to smoke. Secondhand smoke contains over 250 chemicals that are known to cause cancer or are toxic. Secondhand smoke drift can enter homes through patio doors, windows, and ventilation systems, depositing detectable amounts of nicotine and other toxins.

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging people who smoke to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. Quitting, even for one day, is taking an important step toward a healthier life.

For more information on the Western Mountain Region Tobacco Education, Prevention, and Cessation Program, contact Ivanov at 970-328-8808.