Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars and pipe all have deadly consequences, including lung, larynx, esophageal, and oral cancers.
SWNPHD offers Quit Smoking Kits and Quit Spit Kits. They are available at pharmacies, dentist offices, physician offices and hospitals. Smoking Cessation classes are available as requested. Individual help is also available. The 1-800-QuitNow line is available 24 hours.
Steer Clear of Tobacco program was developed to build awareness in rodeo professional of the dangers of tobacco. The history of rodeo does not include tobacco. The Rodeo Queens and Princesses promote this program through their community service.
Publications from the Surgeon General -The Health Consequences of Smoking - 50 Years of Progress
Tobacco Free Nebraska - Look at how these usage rates compare to the rest of the State.
- 21% of residents in SW Nebraska are smoking (http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/TFN_TobPrev_Dec14.pdf ) and
- 8% are using smokeless tobacco (http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/TFN_SLTobPrev_Dec14.pdf ).
Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act
The Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act of 2008 required indoor work places in Nebraska to be smoke free as of June 1, 2009.