Make a decision that Hamilton County workers and residents have the right to breathe clean air!
There are nearly 300,000 people that live, work, and play in Hamilton County. In response to this global pandemic, we have all been reminded that we should practice healthy habits … for ourselves, our families, and our communities. If you smoke or vape, quitting is a smart step toward that goal!
COVID-19 & SMOKING/VAPING
COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs), cause an asthma attack, and lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.
Long-term smokers and people who vape (many who are former smokers) are at increased risk of developing chronic lung conditions. People with lung disease or moderate to severe asthma are at a high risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Smoking weakens the immune system, which can lead to debilitating health conditions, especially in elderly smokers. Older adults and people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility are at a high risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Since COVID-19 is new, the relationship between it and smoking/vaping has not been directly studied. However, we do know that smoking inflames lungs, and animal models suggest vaping can cause similar damage. Because of this, many scientists and health professionals suggest that quitting smoking and vaping could help reduce coronavirus risks.
Breathe Easy Hamilton County is a broad-based alliance of local organizations and individuals. We believe everyone deserves the right to breathe smoke-free air at work and in public places.
As an alliance working with local organizations and individuals within the Hamilton County community, we are promoting tobacco-free living in order to reduce mortality and morbidity rates. Breathe Easy Hamilton County is working to ensure that all workers in Hamilton County are protected from secondhand smoke exposure.
Community partners, including: Community Health Network, Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, Inc., Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND), Hamilton County Council on Alcohol & Other Drugs, Hamilton County Head Start, Hamilton County Health Department, Indiana University Health, Riverview Health, and Systems of Care, support the efforts of Breathe Easy Hamilton County.
"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
you touch everything."
- Lao Tzu
COMBAT TOBACCO USE
Protect and maintain a tobacco control alliance infrastructure needed to combat tobacco use, as well as work locally to reduce tobacco use.
Work to protect Hoosiers from exposure to secondhand smoke, supporting local and/or statewide smoke-free air ordinances.
CLEAR THE AIR
Promote the Indiana Quitline (1-800-QUIT NOW) and support employers by providing tobacco treatment resources at their workplace.
DECREASE YOUTH SMOKING
Promote and educate the community about tobacco point-of-sale strategies implemented at the local level to entice youth to smoke.