Breathe Easy Cobb

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Breathe Easy is a public health initiative of Cobb2020 that seeks to educate the community and raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke.

GOAL: To protect residents from exposure to secondhand smoke

While the Georgia Smoke Free Air Act of 2005 prohibits smoking in most public areas, there are exceptions that still allow for the exposure to secondhand smoke.  The Air Act does, however, grant local authorities to pass more restrictive laws, rules and regulations. This means that Cobb County has the potential and the responsibility to go completely smoke-free.

Our mission is to provide support and education for cities and businesses in Cobb to become smoke-free so that we can build healthier, more productive communities. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in Georgia. Each year, 1,500 adult nonsmoking Georgians die from secondhand smoke.1

 

 

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Secondhand Smoke – Did You Know?

The Next Step: Ending Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Cobb County

In an effort to make Cobb County smoke-free, Breathe Easy worked with the city of Kennesaw to successfully remove smoking areas from cemeteries and city parks in 2014, effectively making Kennesaw’s 130 acres of public parks smoke free. The coalition is currently leading an education campaign on secondhand smoke starting with the largest city and county seat, Marietta, which we hope to expand city-by-city to all other Cobb areas. The purpose of the campaign is to bring awareness to the fact that no amount of secondhand smoke is safe.

Comprehensive smoke-free laws eliminate indoor smoking of all tobacco products. The Georgia counties that have this protection rank in the top 10 for overall health, yet they only make up 2.4% of Georgia.10 This means a large portion of the population is still being exposed, including the City of Marietta, which is the fourth largest city in Metro Atlanta.


Studies and Tests in Marietta

With the help of its partners, Cobb2020’s Breathe Easy has conducted three recent studies in the city of Marietta:

Focus groups and key interviews taken at five different locations tounderstand perceptions of support for smoke-free policies. Surveys taken at a community event by 309 individuals who reside in Marietta to investigate where individuals were exposed to secondhand smoke, the areas where they agreed smoking should or should not be allowed, and perspectives on how harmful secondhand smoke is. Indoor air quality monitoring study to determine the difference in air quality between indoor smoking and non-smoking environments, where 16 locations (both smoking and smoke-free) were tested.
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Get Engaged with the Movement

  • If you own or operate a business, declare it smoke-free! We will even provide you with free signage to tell your  customers that your establishment is safe from secondhand smoke exposure.
  • You can contact your Marietta city council member or Cobb County commissioner.
  • Have you been affected by exposure to secondhand smoke? Send us your story or a testimonial and we will be glad to share it on our website.
  • Get support to help you quit smoking (see below)
  • To report a smoking complaint please call Cobb & Douglas Public Health at 770-432-7937


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Need Help to Quit Smoking?

Georgia Tobacco Quit Line
English: 1-877-270-STOP (877-270-7867)
Spanish: 1-877-2NO FUME (877-266-3863)
Hearing Impaired: 1-877-777-6534

Improve your chances of quitting by 50%. This free and confidential 24-hour service provides counseling, a resource library, replacement therapy, and support and referral services for tobacco users ages 13 and older. Callers have the opportunity to speak with health care professionals who develop a unique plan for each individual.

Georgia Tobacco Quit Line Brochure


Upcoming Breathe Easy Events

  • This section will be updated with event information as we plan them throughout the year

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If you’re interested in learning more about the Breathe Easy program
or how you can help, please contact us at

 

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  2. Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC. (2009). State Specific Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5844a3.htm
  3. Chandora, Whitney, Weaver, Eriksen. Changes in Georgia Restaurant and Bar Smoking Policies From 2006 to 2012. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd12.140520
  4. https://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/secondhandsmoke/secondhandsmoke.pdf
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  6. https://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/secondhandsmoke/executivesummary.pdf
  7. Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC. (2016). Smokefree Policies Improve Air Quality in Hospitality Settings. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/protection/air_quality/
  8. American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. (2010). Environmental Tobacco Smoke. Retrieved from https://www.ashrae.org/File%20Library/docLib/About%20Us/PositionDocuments/ASHRAE_PD_Environmental_Tobacco_Smoke_2016.pdf
  9. Coughlin, Anderson, Smith. (2015). Legislative smoking bans for reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and smoking prevalence: Opportunities for Georgians. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association Retrieved from  https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/109a7b_4d3488d975f34d468e7018ade1361f5d.pdf
  10. Center's for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016).  Southeastern states not protected by comprehensive smoke-free laws. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0623-smoke-free-laws.html