Tobacco-Free Coalition at work in the community

From press reports

 

The Tobacco-Free Coalition of Choctaw, Montgomery, and Webster Counties is at work in your community.

Keetha Mosley of Winona is the new Project Director. Mosley has a background in communications, including award-winning public relations work for the Humphreys County Memorial Hospital.

A Mississippi native, Mosley and her husband, Jeffrey, and their son, Tillman, live in Winona.

“I’m enjoying meeting so many people from all over the three counties. It really is heartening connecting with others over shared concerns about a healthy community,” says Mosley. “We have a lot of concerned and energetic people who want to get involved.”

As Project Director, Mosley helps spearhead efforts, working with the Mississippi State Department of Health, to educate people of all ages about the harmful effects of tobacco use, provide resources and information for smoking cessation, and more to help promote a healthy lifestyle.

Helping educate youth and children is an important component. “We have materials available for classroom use for all ages, from kindergarten through high school. Teachers, coaches, guidance counselors can use these materials to teach kids and teens about the harmful effects of tobacco use,” says Mosley.

The Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition is a resource for communities. I’m happy to give presentations to groups of all ages, and to give out educational materials so we can all stay strong and healthy,” said Mosley.

A coalition of community members will be forming soon; this group will meet once a quarter to share ideas and help further education and awareness. If you are passionate about reducing the number of tobacco-related diseases and death and want to be a part, you can contact Mosley at 662-283-9838 or kmosley@mscec.org to learn more.

Tobacco-Free Coalition

recognizes Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year. In observance of the Great American Smokeout, the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition (MTFC) of Choctaw, Montgomery, & Webster Counties will conduct an educational event and distribute information at a local Housing Authority, condominium, or apartment complex in Winona. The MTFC will provide residents, staff members, and the public with information regarding the benefits of living in a smoke-free environment and the dangers of secondhand smoke.

For residents of multi-unit housing, secondhand smoke exposure poses serious health threats to children and adults. It drifts from neighboring apartments and common areas and travels through doorways, cracks in walls, plumbing, electrical lines, and ventilation systems. Secondhand smoke can create unhealthy living conditions for everyone in the building especially for those with health problems. Property managers that adopt smoke-free building policies protect both the tenants and their property.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Each year in Mississippi, smoking accounts for an estimated 4,700 premature deaths, and 510 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke. Non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25 to 30 percent and increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent.

Smokers are not always aware of their impact on neighbors, family and friends. Make the decision to quit.

For more information, visit www.quitlinems.com, or call the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.