As we move into the holidays we would like to remind everyone about the health effects of smoking indoors. Recently, the CDC has been issuing warnings against smoking e-cigarettes. What most people don’t know is that this form of tobacco also produces secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is the smoke exhaled by the smoker, which contains nicotine and other toxic chemicals. As the rain comes into the season, remember to:
• Smoke outside, away from windows and doors
• Wash hands after smoking, change clothes if available
• Refrain from smoking inside of cars, even with a window rolled down
• Electronic cigarettes are not a good quit tool and can also provide secondhand nicotine to others.
1-800-NO-BUTTS is a great resource for quitting, and can accompany texting, email, or phone calls
Or visit the California Smokers’ Helpline (https://www.nobutts.org/)
The NATIVE Tobacco Project, housed within the UIHS’ Community Health Services Division, has been funded by the California Tobacco Control Program for 24 years. The NATIVE Tobacco Project focuses on working with Humboldt and Del Norte American Indian community members, tribal members, and tribal councils to reduce illness and premature death related to tobacco use.
The project accomplishes our goals by implementing tobacco prevention education, community organizing and policy activities which advocate for social norm changes that promote a tobacco-free community.
We are are currently focusing on Multiple Unit Housing (MUH) such as apartments, condominiums or duplexes, thirdhand smoke and getting local medical service providers to adopt a policy that encourages the use of the Ask Advise Refer (AAR) method of approaching clients who are using tobacco.