Monday - Friday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
645 Parfet Street Lakewood, CO 80215303-239-7078
5150 Allison Street Arvada, CO 80002303-271-5780
1711 A & B Sheridan Blvd Edgewater, CO 80214303-271-5780
Education campaign launches in November to educate about the harms of secondhand smoke and secondhand aerosol emitted by electronic smoking devices Jefferson County, CO – This November, Jefferson County Public Health’s WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program is launching an educational campaign to raise awareness among pregnant, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding postpartum women and their families about the harms of exposure to secondhand smoke as well as secondhand aerosol (often referred to as vapor) emitted from electronic smoking devices (ESDs). According to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure; even brief exposure can be harmful to health. The Surgeon General states that tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and about 70 that can cause cancer. A 2015 CDC report announced that during 2011-2012 two out of every five children ages 3 to 11 in the U.S. were exposed to secondhand smoke. Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke during pregnancy is associated with a number of health problems including premature birth and delivering a low birth weight baby. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at greater risk of developing ear infections, having more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath) and respiratory infections (bronchitis and pneumonia). Research also indicates that children exposed to secondhand smoke may be more likely to develop behavioral problems as well as cognitive deficits which affect learning. The CDC has also announced that the aerosol emitted by ESDs is not harmless “water vapor” and is not as safe as clean air. The Surgeon General further stated that nicotine poses dangers to pregnant women and fetuses. As part of WIC’s education campaign, Jefferson County WIC clients will have access to educational materials about the harms of secondhand smoke and aerosol, such as postcards highlighting common myths about secondhand smoke and resources about ESDs, and will also have the opportunity to sign a smoke and vapor-free home and auto pledge. Posters and displays will be visible in each office reminding women that their children are “smoke-free zones” and that where they smoke matters. A series of short educational videos will also be played on televisions in the WIC waiting rooms. Donna Viverette, Tobacco Prevention Initiative Supervisor at Jefferson County Public Health states, “We know secondhand smoke is harmful to everyone and that children are often the innocent bystanders. This campaign reminds people to protect kids by not smoking around them and helping them to avoid others’ tobacco smoke as well.” In addition to learning about simple ways to prevent exposure to secondhand smoke and aerosol, clients also have the opportunity to learn successful strategies for quitting tobacco. Jefferson County WIC is proud to offer BABY & METM Tobacco-Free, a smoking cessation program designed to reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and post-partum population. Women that participate in the program receive prenatal cessation-counseling sessions along with carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring. Mothers who return monthly for CO monitoring after the birth of their baby and who prove to be remaining smoke-free receive $25 monthly vouchers for diapers for up to 12 months postpartum. Lead WIC Educator, Shellie Laws, explains, “Clients express that they are proud to have a healthy baby and be smoke-free and that saving money on diaper costs is an incredible benefit.” Jefferson County WIC has three conveniently located clinics:
Edgewater WIC1711 A & B Sheridan Blvd Edgewater, CO 80214Phone: 303-271-5780
Hours: Mon/Wed 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.Tue/Fri 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thur 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.Closed for lunch 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lakewood WIC645 Parfet St. Lakewood, CO 80215Phone: 303-271-5780
Hours:Mon/Wed 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Tue/Fri 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thur 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.Closed for lunch 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Below is a list of resources available to help women and their families live a tobacco-free life:
Jefferson County Public Health continues to work toward reducing the toll of tobacco in our communities through sustainable solutions to the problem of tobacco use and exposure. To learn more about current initiatives and how to get involved, visit www.tobaccofreejeffco.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 303-275-7555.
November 7, 2016
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