Second and third hand smoke has extremely dangerous health effects on non-smokers. It can cause debilitating respiratory infections and increase the risk of cancer in children. Smoke-free communities, or public places where smoking is prohibited, protect non-smokers and children against the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
The New Jersey Department of Health's Office of Tobacco Control (OTC) is promoting a statewide effort to increase the number of municipalities that pass outdoor tobacco free ordinances. Tobacco Free For a Healthy New Jersey (TFHNJ) is the OTC's statewide tobacco control effort that facilitates Integrated Municipal Advisory Councils (IMACs).
IMAC membership is comprised of community-based organizations with various areas of expertise in tobacco control, prevention and cessation. IMACs focus on community mobilization and policy action to decrease smoking prevalence rates among adult and youth populations in NJ, reduce involuntary exposure to second and third hand smoke, and ensure the ability of OTC to continue its efforts in the years to come. Members engage policy makers in efforts to pass smoke free outdoor ordinances in parks and recreational areas where children play. Mom’s Quit Connection and Atlantic Prevention Resources are the facilitators of South Jersey IMACs.
Visit the American Cancer Society's Tobacco Free Community Toolkit for more information on how to create smoke-free communities and eliminate exposure to second and thirdhand smoke.
For more information, contact Kim Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-272-0101 ext 18.