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Community Cessation Initiative Aims to Reduce Smoking in Lucas County

Special to The Truth

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and death. One in every seven (14 percent) Lucas County adults are smokers. The diseases caused due to tobacco use include: cancer, heart disease, COPD, and many other chronic illnesses. If someone is able to quit smoking, they greatly reduce their chance of being diagnosed with a deadly disease later in life.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department has launched the Community Cessation Initiative (CCI), funded by the Ohio Department of Health, aimed to help individuals quit tobacco use in Lucas County and surrounding areas.

Lucas County reported in 2017, 17 percent of the African-American population and 24 percent of adults with an annual income less than $25,000 were smokers. The CCI program offers access to free tobacco cessation services to help residents in Lucas County quit using tobacco products.  By partnering with non-profits, organizations and hospitals in Lucas County, CCI has created a network of providers dedicated to offering high quality tobacco cessation services. 

Health Educators with CCI help determine what type of cessation services best fit the individual’s needs. Cessation partners may provide individual, group, and telephonic counseling at a large variety of locations across the county. Health Educators will also guide the journey to quit tobacco use and provide relapse management at no cost.

Both Spanish and Arabic translators are available for assistance, if necessary. The benefits of quitting smoking are invaluable and include saving money, immediate health improvements, and the happiness of loved ones who are able to see healthy choices being made. If you, a family member or friend are ready to quit using tobacco products, help is available.

The Community Cessation Initiative is interested in adding both providers and referral partners, including medical professionals, community health workers, faith based organizations, social services, or any agencies providing to Lucas County residents. 

Referral partners connect individuals who are ready to quit smoking to the CCI network. Provider partners perform cessation services, [so long as they meet program guidelines set by the Ohio Department of Health.] Agencies interested may contact Mahjida Steffin, Tobacco Cessation Acting Program Coordinator and Health Educator, at 419-213-4792 or steffinm@co.lucas.oh.us.

Call the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department at 419-213-4558 or e-mail tobaccofree@co.lucas.oh.us to start your journey to a healthier, tobacco free lifestyle!



Copyright © 2018 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:12 -0700.

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