Goal: Reduce illness, disability, and death related to tobacco product use and secondhand smoke exposure.
What’s the Problem?
Although there has been a significant decline in the number of people who smoke, tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, with nearly 1 in 5 deaths caused by tobacco product use. Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer, the leading cause of death in Douglas County. It also increases the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, the County’s third and fifth leading causes of death. In addition to this, friends and family exposed are at risk for more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections and sudden infant death syndrome.
Learn more about Tobacco Product Use as a public health issue.
Social and Community Context
Neighborhood and Built Environment
What Are We Doing About It?
Here is how we can work together to reduce the harmful impacts of tobacco product use in our community:
- Identify and reduce tobacco-related disparities among population groups.
- Promote access to information and support systems for cessation services.
- If you or someone you know is ready to quit tobacco use, check out the FREE Georgia Tobacco Quit Line.
- Reduce the initiation of tobacco product use among children, adolescents, and young adults.
- Reduce exposure to tobacco-related products and secondhand smoke.
Click here for the current community metrics.
Click here for the Tobacco Product Use Action Plan.
Want to help us reduce tobacco product use and secondhand smoke exposure in Douglas County? Click the link below to fill out our contact form to get in touch with someone from the Implementation Team, and find out how YOU can get involved in your community!