Kicking the habit

Local - 5/19/2014 11:07 PM by Kevin Jacobs

Tobacco prevention across West Virginia continues with new ways to help you kick the habit.

The 1st annual Regional Tobacco Control Symposium produced eye-opening statistics on the dangers of tobacco for smokers and secondhand consumption. Representatives from the 6-county region focused on Education, Prevention and Cessation, which promotes a quit line.

Southern Coalfields Tobacco Prevention Network includes the following counties McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers, and Wyoming. Southern Coalfields Tobacco Prevention Network Director says the regional tobacco usage is problematic, and to bring down the 30-percent rate is about public health, not politics.

"I'm not a smoker, but I'm passionate about public health in general. We know that tobacco use in the public health rim is very detrimental, and we know that especially in our rural community that's a very common past time for our youth and all the way up to our elderly." Travis Helmondollar, Director - Southern Coalfields Tobacco Prevention Network.

Other efforts by the network focuses on tobacco free parks and recreational areas. The prevention network is funded through the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health and Division of Tobacco Prevention. For more help call West Virginia Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-877-966-8784.


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