Congrats To Daviess Co. Fair For Tobacco-Free Day

In Local News on April 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

The Daviess County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition would like to commend the Daviess County Fair board for voting for a tobacco-free day at the county fair this year. The tobacco-free day will be Sunday, June 20.

Daviess County is in good company. In 2009, fairs in 20 of Indiana’s 92 counties had at least one tobacco-free day, and 16 counties had 100 percent tobacco-free fairs.

We hope the new tobacco-free day at the Daviess County Fair will remind fairgoers of the dangers of tobacco use and help set a good example for the youth who participate in the fair. Ninety percent of all adult smokers started in their teens, and roughly one-third of all youth smokers will eventually die from tobacco-related diseases. Additionally, children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have respiratory infections, asthma, bronchitis, and other health problems.

We are glad to see leaders in our county taking a serious stance on tobacco use since Daviess County recently ranked middle-of-the-pack for healthiness compared to other Hoosier counties and has a higher than average tobacco-use rate.

Improving the health of our residents can only improve the development of our county as a whole. The average smoker spends $2,000 per year on cigarettes, not to mention the costs of additional healthcare for the smoker and children exposed to secondhand smoke. And, one of the most significant indicators that a child will use tobacco is that his parents use tobacco.

For free help to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. There’s never been a better time to quit.


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