The Harvey County Health Department is calling attention to the dangers of youth using tobacco for World No Tobacco Day today.


The Harvey County Health Department is calling attention to the dangers of youth using tobacco for World No Tobacco Day today.

The focus of this year’s World No Tobacco Day is banning tobacco advertising as a means to reduce youth tobacco use.

According to the World Health Organization, tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in the world.

It is the only legal consumer product that kills one third to one half of those who use, with its victims dying on average 15 years prematurely, a news release said.

The younger children are when they first try smoking, the more likely they are to become regular tobacco users and the less likely they are to quit, a news release said.

For Kansans wanting to quit, the toll-free Kansas Tobacco Quitline (866) KAN-STOP ((866) 526-7867) provides free and confidential coaching, and assists callers in preparing a personalized quit plan.

The Kansas Tobacco Use and Prevention Program manages the Quitline and provides resources to organizations, such as the Tobacco Workgroup of Communities in Schools of Harvey County.

For more information about World No Tobacco Day, visit www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2008.en/. For more information about the Tobacco Workgroup, call Communities in Schools at 284-6520 or the Harvey County Health and Wellness Coordinator at 283-1637, ext. 20.