Tobacco Prevention & Control Program

Contact

Health Educator, 509-962-7515
healthpromotion@co.kittitas.wa.us

Overview

Tobacco use continues to be the main cause of preventable death. Every year 7,600 Washington residents die. In the United States tobacco related deaths equal 480,000 annually. Severe life style changes need to occur in order to decrease these numbers. The Department of Health has seen major declines in smoking since 1999. At this time, the majority of education and prevention programs began.

Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) and Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) want to provide the public tools to increase their health. This includes education, promotion, and providing resources to help those who want to quit smoking. It is also our goal to prevent youth from starting smoking and reduce secondhand smoke in homes, and our community.

Did you know?

  • Men are more likely to be current cigarette smokers than women
  • Current cigarette smoking was highest among persons with graduate education degree certificate (GED) and lowest among those with a graduate degree
  • Current cigarette smoking was higher among persons living below the poverty level than those living at or above the level
  • Current cigarette smoking was highest in the Midwest and lowest in the West
  • Current cigarette smoking was higher among persons with disability/limitations than those with no disability/limitation
  • Lesbian/gay/bisexual adults are more likely to be current smokers than straight adults
Common Health Concerns from Smoking

Cancer - a broad term used to describe various diseases in which abnormal cells divide out of control and are able to invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. This will help the body get rid of toxins. Smoking causes cancer and then blocks your body from fighting it.

Heart Disease - is a cardiovascular (CVD) that includes several types of heart conditions. Smoking is a major cause of CVD and causes one of every three deaths. Smoking causes changes in the blood and blood vessels; damaged cells, buildup of plaque, thickening and narrowing of blood vessels.

COPD - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. COPD includes emphysema; chronic bronchitis; and in some cases, asthma. Essentially, air flow becomes restricted and over time becomes harder to breathe.

Pregnancy - smoking makes becoming pregnant increasingly more difficult. Smoking while pregnant is extremely harmful to the unborn baby and greatly increases the change for birth defects and miscarriage.

Secondhand Smoke

In 1964 the Surgeon General’s Report came out to state that 2.5 million adults were dying from breathing in secondhand smoke. None of these people were even smokers. Cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of them are toxic and around 70 are known to cause cancer. Here are some chemicals in cigarettes and what they are commonly used in.

ChemicalCommon Use
FormaldehydeUsed to embalm dead bodies
BenzeneUsed in gasoline
Hydrogen CyanideUsed in chemical weapons
CadmiumUsed in making batteries
ArsenicUsed in pesticides

Not only does smoking put you at risk, but it harms those around you. When smoking, you are putting your coworkers, friends, families, and children at risk of a multitude of potentially deadly health concerns. Please take heed of these warnings and help us eliminate the effects of secondhand smoke.

Health Effects on:

Adults
Exposure to secondhand smoke for a nonsmoker regularly increases your chance of developing health issues.
  • Arteries harden 20 percent faster than those not exposed.
  • 30 minutes of exposure causes blood vessels to change and reduces the hearts ability to receive blood.
  • Increases breathing problems which leads to irritation of the nose, throat, and eyes.
Children
  • Exposure increases: ear infections and chronic respiratory illnesses, sore throats, croup, asthma, bronchitis, ear infections, reduced lung functions.
  • Children who experienced smoking in the home missed more days of school than those not exposed.
Babies
Breathing secondhand smoke is a known cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Responsible for 150,000-300,000 lung infection in children under the age of 18 months.
  • This translates to 7,500-15,000 hospitalizations each year.
  • Causes low birth weight and lung problems in infants.
Spouses
Hazardous to all aspects of health. Nonsmoking women who live with a spouse who smokes have a 20 percent greater risk of developing lung cancer.
Pets
Linked to negative health effects on household pets. Cancer in cats in linked to secondhand smoke. Cats that live with people who smoke are more than twice as likely at other cats to develop cancer.

Washington State alone sees high rates of tobacco use. This table represents the use of the population in Washington State.

Adult tobacco users892,000
Youth tobacco users49,000
6th graders who smoke1%
8th graders who smoke5%
10th graders who smoke10%
12th graders who smoke16%

Smoking in Public Places

On November 8, 2005, Washington residents voted to pass Initiative 901. The initiative prohibits smoking in all public places. The definition of "public place" includes bars, restaurants, bowling centers, skating rinks, and non-tribal casinos. The definition also includes private residences used to provide childcare, foster care, adult care, or similar social services, and at least 75 percent of the sleeping quarters within a hotel.

RCW 70.160 (Initiative 90)

Kittitas County Smoking and Vaping in Public Places Ordinance and Enforcement Information

No Smoking or Vaping

No Smoking - smokefreewashington.com

Resources & Links

There are multiple free resources in the State of Washington to help you quit and professionals to help you find the best fit to meet your needs.

  • SmartQuit, a free app to use on your smart phone. It has been proven to be three times more effective than trying to quit on your own. Can be used with or without nicotine replacement therapy.
  • Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). If you do not have health insurance, or a plan with telephone counseling, this will give you one call with a quit counselor. You may be eligible for two weeks of free nicotine replacement gum or patches. http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Tobacco/HowtoQuit.

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