World No Tobacco Day - May 31, 2016   

(Liberty, NY, 11:10am) - Tobacco kills nearly six million people each year. More than 5 million of those are users and ex-users, while more than 600,000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll could rise to more than eight million by 2030.*

World No Tobacco Day is celebrated each year on May 31st as an awareness day to bring attention to the world tobacco epidemic and to highlight the need for effective policies to reduce tobacco use. For World No Tobacco Day 2016, The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is calling countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products.

Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products. It also restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labeling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.

As part of the World No Tobacco Day, Sullivan County Public Health Services would like to take this opportunity to thank the businesses and communities who have made policy changes and/or taken steps to reduce the use of tobacco products.

The following independent pharmacies have eliminated the sale of tobacco products: Family Drug, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Wurtsboro Pharmacy, KK Pharmacy, Rock Hill Pharmacy, Medicine Shoppe, Jeff Pharmacy, Sullivan Pharmacy, Peters Pharmacy, Riverside Remedies Healthmart.

In addition, the following townships have adopted a Young Lungs No Smoking policy for their playground and park areas: Bethel, Lumberland, Mamakating, Tusten, Cochecton, Liberty and Forestburg. The Young Lungs No Smoking Policy provides children and their families a safe, smoke-free environment. If any other townships would like to adopt a Young Lungs resolution please call Public Health at 845 513 2222 and for assistance with free signage please visit the TFAC website at : www.tobaccofreeactioncommunities.org  

On May 17th the following apartment complexes were recognized by Public Health and Tobacco Free Action Communities for their Smoke Free housing units in Sullivan County: Golden Ridge, Saddle Ridge, Country Gardens, and Regency Manor. There are several more housing units that are in the process of changing to a no smoking policy. If any business owners would like information on policy development and free assistance please call TFAC at 845-943-6070.

No consumer product needlessly kills as many people as does tobacco. Tobacco use killed 100 million people in the 20th century, and unless we act, it could kill up to 1 billion people in the 21st century.* Sullivan County Public Health Services, The Rural Health Network, and TFAC are working hard to reverse the trend of tobacco use deaths. For more information on smoking cessation, or assistance on developing smoke-free policies, please call Public Health Services at 845-292-5910, ext. 2222. Sullivan County Public Health Services receives funding for smoking cessation through their grant from the Rural Health Network. Call (845) 292-5910 x2222 for more information.

* http://www.wpro.who.int/tobacco/en/

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