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World No Tobacco Day is May 31st, 2019

World No Tobacco Day is an annual event, sponsored by the World Health Organization, to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure. This year’s theme is, “Tobacco and lung health.”

Tobacco impacts lung health in the following ways:

Lung cancer – In the United States, smoking is responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and second-hand smoking increases the risk of developing lung cancer for non-smokers. Quitting smoking reduces the risk of dying from lung cancer – 10 years after quitting, the risk falls to about half.

Chronic respiratory disease – Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition that results in a nagging cough and significant breathing difficulties. It also intensifies asthma, which restricts activity and contributes to disability. Quitting smoking early on is the most effective way to slow the progression of COPD and improve asthma symptoms.

Second-hand smoke exposure – Infants and children exposed to second-hand smoke are at a higher risk of developing frequent lower-respiratory infections and have a higher risk of suffering the onset and worsening of asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis.

Missourians are encouraged to commit or recommit to a healthy, tobacco-free life by making a plan to quit smoking on World No Tobacco Day, May 31, 2019. If you are a non-smoker, take measures to protect yourself and your loved ones from the harms caused by exposure to second-hand smoke.

For those trying to quit tobacco help is available. Click on the buttons below for more information and free resources to help teens (under 18) or adults (18 and older) quit.

Tobacco Control in Missouri

Missouri’s comprehensive tobacco control initiatives include efforts to create community smoke free air laws, youth tobacco use prevention, tobacco cessation assistance, and education and awareness through media.

Missouri Tobacco Quitline

Missouri offers free help to smokers who want to quit using tobacco. The Missouri Tobacco Quitline provides counseling, information, and referrals. The Quitline number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Smoke-Free Public Housing

By July 30, 2018, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) required all HUD residences and common areas to be protected by a smoke-free policy. The policy must include:

  • Cigarettes and cigars cannot be smoked in buildings on HUD properties, including offices, residences, and common areas, or within 25 feet of any buildings on HUD property.
  • Although electronic cigarettes are not required to be included in the policy, management of public housing authorities may also prohibit the use of these products in their facilities.

For those that manage public housing authorities, review the following toolkit for information and resources to assist with the implementation and enforcement of the policy.

Missouri smoke-free public housing agency toolkit