The recent articles on the decrease in lung cancer rates due to a reduction in tobacco use and of second hand smoke goes beyond just “good news” – it’s FABULOUS NEWS! Moving the dial on lung cancer in our nation and in our community, and turning the tide on the huge public burden tobacco use causes is a great collective accomplishment.
Yet tobacco use still remains the leading preventable cause of death. Most smokers start before the age of 18. Forty percent of all children and seventy percent of black children in the U.S. are exposed to second hand smoke. Smokeless tobacco, including e-cigarettes, contains 28 cancer-causing agents (carcinogens). New research has discovered that smoking is linked to even more health issues, including kidney disease. Clearly there is still much more to be done.
The news that cancer rates are declining is great news. The news that second smoke exposure has dropped is great news. Those in our community who have helped make this happen should feel great! But we should go forward together with even more energy to push the numbers downward ever still – until tobacco use is a thing of the past. Won’t you join us?
Kohl’s helps with Wardrobes for Warmth!