Tobacco Prevention, Education and Advocacy
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death. Greendale Health Department partners with the Greendale School District and the Greendale Assistance Program to provide a comprehensive program to prevent tobacco and other drug use.
Last week was a historic week in the fight against tobacco. The FDA issued long-awaited rules for e-cigarettes and cigars. California raised the tobacco age to 21. And high courts in India and the European Union upheld strong tobacco control laws. Together, we ARE making the next generation tobacco-free.
A new study provides powerful evidence that reducing smoking not only saves lives, it also saves money – and quickly. The study estimates a 10 percent drop in smoking in the U.S. would cut health care costs by $63 billion the following year.
Tobacco Fighters: Volunteer students conduct events, projects, and campaigns at the Middle School and in the community to promote a tobacco free lifestyle. Below is a picture of two of our hard working 8th grade Tobacco Fighters. They will soon be moving on to the GDHS and hopefully TATU.
The GDMS Tobacco Fighters did an amazing job on an educational video stating the facts of tobacco use. To view this video go to the Greendale Health Department Facebook page
or the Greendale Health Department You Tube
The Greendale Middle School Spotlight Page
Teens Against Tobacco Use (T.A.T.U.) Volunteer high school students present an educational tobacco prevention program to all the 4th and 7th grade students in the Greendale School District and at St. Alphonsus School. These T.A.T.U. students are great role models for younger students. Below the teens are teaching about the high monetary cost of smoking over a period of time.
FACT (Fighting Against Corporate Tobacco): Youth are involved in this state-wide youth-led movement. Greendale youth serve on the FACT Youth Board and others have been active locally at both the high school and in the community.
Help for Quitting
The Wisconsin Tobacco Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669): The Wisconsin Tobacco Quitline is a free service to help you quit smoking. Services can be accessed by calling toll free number above between 7 am to 11 pm daily. When you call, you’ll speak with a specialist about your tobacco use, past quit attempts, and your individual needs. Then you and your quitting coach will make a plan for successfully quitting. You can call the Quit Line at any time when you need support or a quit tip.
The Quit Line services are now also available online at www.ctri.wisc.edu/quitline