GLENDALE, UT – The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) is announcing that the Glendale town council recently passed an outdoor smoking ordinance which restricts tobacco use on county property, including the town park and cemetery. Glendale Town joins over 60 other counties and cities in Utah that have adopted outdoor smoking policies.
Research shows that public tobacco policies play a part in discouraging youth from beginning to smoke. “Creating a healthy environment through consistent messaging at home, school, the work place and the community is key for our youth, because 90% of adult smokers start on or before the age of 18," says Lexie Little, SWUPHD Community Outreach Specialist. "Coupled with the fact that nearly 80% of adult smokers want to quit, it makes sense to help kids avoid smoking in the first place."
Despite significant declines the past few decades, tobacco use remains a public health challenge.
Smoking continues to be the #1 preventable killer in the United States, taking 480,000 lives annually. Nearly 50,000 of those premature deaths are linked to exposure to secondhand smoke. About half of all Utahns are exposed to secondhand smoke in outdoor settings on a weekly basis.
For more information on the new Glendale Town ordinance, visit www.glendaletown.com. For adults and youth wanting to quit smoking, free cessation services can be found by visiting www.waytoquit.org or calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW.