CARLISLE BARRACKS, Penn. (April 23, 2013) -- Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable death and disease in the United States. In 2006, Vice Adm. Richard H. Carmona, former U.S. Surgeon General, concluded that the evidence of smoking on health has become stronger. “There is NO risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke,” he said.
In an ongoing effort to prevent disease and improve health, Dunham Army Health Clinic and its outlying facilities became tobacco free campuses Apr. 1.
According to www.tobaccofreekids.org, more than 22 percent of adults in Pennsylvanian smoke. Of those smokers, 20,000 will die this year from smoking. Additionally, roughly 17,000 children under the age of 18 will become smokers and more than 850,000 kids are exposed to secondhand smoke at home annually. This childhood exposure leads to approximately 300,000 premature deaths.
Secondhand smoke exposure has an adverse impact on the cardiovascular system and increases the risk of heart attack and stroke
Individuals who smoke suffer cardiac, respiratory and a host of other conditions that result in debilitating diseases and death
Smokeless"spit" tobacco contains over 2,000 chemicals, many of which have been directly related to causing disease and death
Dunham and its associated clinics became tobacco free because of the irrefutable evidence that tobacco use is deadly, the staggering numbers of individuals who succumb to tobacco induced disease and death, the overwhelming cost to society in health care dollars, the loss of productive members of society and the devastating human suffering experienced by individuals and families. A tobacco free healthcare campus ensures that employees and beneficiaries work and receive care in a healthy and safe environment.
Dunham’s tobacco free campus accompanies the establishment of a comprehensive tobacco cessation program. This program is open to beneficiaries and DOD employees interested in quitting tobacco. Carlisle Barracks’ clinic, Army Wellness Center and Occupational Health facilities have partnered to develop an evidenced based program utilizing proven methods for tobacco cessation. Contact Occupational Health at 717-245-3410 for more information or to enroll.