The current smoking rate in Cleveland is currently 35%, which is more than 3 times as high as the national average. The Cleveland Department of Public Health is pleased to welcome The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) media tour to Cleveland on May 16, 2023. Tips® is a national tobacco education campaign featuring real people living with the effects of smoking-related diseases or exposure to secondhand smoke. The media tour features a former smoker who will be sharing tips and advice to help smokers quit. The tour is part of the department’s ongoing efforts to help reduce smoking rates in Cleveland and promote healthier lifestyles.
According to the CDC, smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, and quitting smoking is one of the best things a person can do to improve their health. The Tips® campaign addresses tobacco-related health disparities to advance health equity by increasing the reach, representation, receptivity, and accessibility of quit smoking messages. The campaign also increases awareness of free quit-smoking resources among all adults—no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make. The CDC offers a variety of resources and tools to help smokers quit, including mobile apps, educational material and a quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW..
The adverse effects of smoking are clear and well-documented. Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ in the human body and can increase the risk of more severe illness from COVID-19. Quitting smoking is beneficial at any age. For more information about the Tips campaign, including real stories from people who used to smoke, other campaign resources, and links to the ads, visit www.cdc.gov/Tips. The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) is committed to improving the quality of life of City residents by promoting healthy behavior, protecting the environment, preventing disease, and making the City a healthy place to live, work, and play. As the local public health agency for the City of Cleveland, CDPH offers a range of programs, including clinical, environmental, health promotion, and population-based services. Our mission is to promote and protect the health and well-being of residents, communities, and partners in the City of Cleveland. Our vission is to be the most responsive, trusted, and impactful health department in the country, For more information on Cleveland Department of Public Health and the services and programs it offers, please visit www.clevelandhealth.org.