Tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death and diseases in the United States.
Importance of Tobacco Programs
The Greenfield Health Department has been involved in tobacco control and prevention since 2000. The burden of tobacco in Wisconsin is significant; an estimated 7,217 people die each year from tobacco related illness. Approximately $2.16 billion is paid annually in health care costs directly attributed to smoking. Over 1 million people in Wisconsin continue to smoke, including 85,000 youth. Each year approximately 4,000 youth start smoking.
Greenfield Health Department Efforts
Much of what the health department does in tobacco control focuses around 3 documents. The state wide vision “Healthiest Wisconsin 2010," the CDC’s “Best Practices for A Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program and our own “Greenfield Community Health Plan”.
Since 2000 the Greenfield Health Department has done the following in Tobacco Control:
Created a Smoke-Free Dinning guide
Created a Women of influence luncheon to present information on women’s health and smoking, as well as cessation
Educate restaurant owners about the harmful effects of second-hand smoke
Encouraged residents to take part in a Smoke-Free Home Pledge
Formed a coalition
Partnered with the communities of West Allis, Wauwatosa, and Greendale to provide a Tobacco Education Program to provide education classes for youth that are cited for use or possession
Partnered with the Greendale Health Department to educate local politicians, elected official and community members about the harmful effects of second hand smoke
Partnered with the Greenfield School District to work with youth to reduce the use of tobacco
Annual Tobacco Education Program
Greenfield Middle School Art Project
Student Mentor Program
Working with local business to make their workplace smoke-free
You can view a slideshow of anti-smoking mosaics in the photo gallery.