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Make Every Day World No Tobacco Day

Written on May 27th, 2014 by -

OKLAHOMA CITY – May 27, 2014 – The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is encouraging tobacco users to become tobacco free during World No Tobacco Day on May 31. World No Tobacco Day is an annual day of awareness developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) that highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use in hopes of ending the tobacco epidemic for good. Continue reading…

TSET Board of Directors Approve Resolution in Support of Protecting Oklahomans from Secondhand Smoke

Written on November 17th, 2014 by -

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 17, 2014) – The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust’s Board of Directors has passed a resolution in support of effective public policy to protect the public and prevent exposure to secondhand smoke inside workplaces and public places.  Continue reading…

Oklahoma Youth Band Together to Stand Up to Big Tobacco

Written on March 16th, 2015 by -

Kick Butts Day is March 18

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 16, 2015) – Youth across the nation will band together March 18 to raise awareness about Kick Butts Day in an effort to end youth tobacco use. Organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Kick Butts Day is a day of activism that empowers young Americans to stand out, speak up and seize control from Big Tobacco. Continue reading…

One Billion Fewer Packs of Cigarettes Sold in Oklahoma

Written on June 1st, 2015 by -
TSET Executive Director Tracey Strader

TSET Executive Director Tracey Strader

In April, the major tobacco companies paid the State of Oklahoma $76.9 million as part of the 1998 national Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between 46 states and the tobacco industry. As required by the Constitution, 75% or $57.6 million, was deposited in the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) fund for investment. Continue reading…

New Law Protects Public School Children, Visitors from Tobacco Use

Written on July 9th, 2015 by -

A bill signed by Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday will protect all Oklahoma public school children from the influences and hazards of tobacco use and secondhand smoke on school campuses. Continue reading…

Help lower teen smoking rates.

Written on August 12th, 2016 by -

Talk to your kids about tobacco.

Being a parent is no easy task—especially when it comes to discussing important issues like tobacco use. But as a parent, your attitudes and opinions will strongly influence your child’s behavior. That’s why it is essential to talk to your kids about the dangers of tobacco. Continue reading…

Smokeless Doesn’t Mean Harmless: A Closer Look at Smokeless Tobacco

Written on September 15th, 2016 by -

Spit tobacco, chewing tobacco, dip, snuff, chaw. They’re all harmless-sounding names, yet no matter what you call smokeless tobacco, it’s every bit as unhealthy as cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco contains 28 chemicals known to cause cancers of the mouth, throat, and pancreas. Like hookah, vapes, and e-cigarettes, the dangers of smokeless tobacco are often minimized in popular culture, but the destructive effects of smokeless tobacco can’t be denied.

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Smoking While Pregnant Increases Risk of SIDS

Written on October 24th, 2016 by -

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the sudden, unexplained, unexpected death of a child less than one year of age. In 2014, approximately 1,500 U.S. infants died from SIDS. It’s the leading cause of death in infants 1 to 12 months old. While the causes of SIDS are unknown, secondhand smoke has been shown to increase its risk. Continue reading…

COPD & Lung Cancer: A breathtaking look at secondhand smoke.

Written on November 1st, 2016 by -

Here’s a stat that will take your breath away: secondhand smoke kills nearly 50,000 nonsmokers in the U.S. every year — 2.5 million since 1964.

Of all the ways secondhand smoke can harm your body, the lungs take a direct hit. It can cause or worsen a wide range of breathing problems in children and adults, including COPD, lung cancer and respiratory infections. Continue reading…

Oklahoma Youth to Stand Up Against Big Tobacco on Kick Butts Day

Written on March 14th, 2017 by -

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 13, 2017) – With the youth-targeted hashtag of #iKickButts, the 2017 Kick Butts Day celebration encourages youth across Oklahoma to stand up for tobacco-free environments by attending events and exploring the resources offered by Tobacco Stops With Me. Continue reading…

E-Cigarettes: How safe is vaping?

Written on March 16th, 2017 by -

E-cigarette use, or vaping, has grown dramatically in the last five years, particularly among high school students. In Oklahoma, 19% of high school students use e-cigarettes — that’s more than adults. It’s so popular that high school students are vaping more than smoking regular cigarettes. Continue reading…

Hookah: How bad is it for you?

Written on March 16th, 2017 by -

What is hookah? A hookah is a water pipe used to smoke tobacco through cooled water. When smoking hookah, charcoal heats the tobacco in the head of the pipe, and then smoke is filtered and cooled through water at the base before being inhaled through a hose. Continue reading…

Think there are safe forms of tobacco? Think again.

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

While cigarette smoking has been on the decline, many alternative tobacco and nicotine delivery products have been gaining popularity. Many of these products are perceived to be safer substitutes for cigarettes. However, these products still pose serious health risks due to the chemicals and toxins they contain. Continue reading…

Just How Dangerous Is Secondhand Smoke?

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

Respiratory infections. Severe and chronic heart disease. Stroke. Cancer. These are just a few of the numerous health effects linked to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is an immense danger. It is classified as a Class A carcinogen, as it has been proven to cause cancer in people. Plus, it contains more than 7,000 chemicals—250 are known to be harmful, and at least 70 cause cancer. After just a few minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke, a nonsmoker can begin to exhibit health problems comparable to those of smokers. Secondhand smoke causes disease and death in people who don’t smoke and kills nearly 50,000 nonsmokers each year. Continue reading…

Secondhand Smoke. It’s More than an Annoyance. It’s a Serious Health Hazard.

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

Secondhand smoke is not just a mere annoyance. It’s a serious health hazard. Cigarette smoke is a toxic soup of more than 7,000 chemical compounds — 250 are known to be harmful, and at least 70 cause cancer. Chemicals in the makeup of secondhand smoke include: Continue reading…

The Real Cost of Tobacco

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

In Oklahoma, tobacco comes with a hefty price tag — costing nearly $1.62 billion in excess healthcare costs, $2.1 billion in productivity losses and $264 million in Medicaid costs each year. However, the real price tag of tobacco can’t be measured in dollars. Continue reading…

Make time to talk to your kids about the dangers of tobacco.

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

Being a parent is no easy task—especially when it comes to discussing important issues like tobacco use. But as a parent, your attitudes and opinions will strongly influence your child’s behavior. That’s why it is essential to talk to your kids about the dangers of tobacco. Continue reading…

Tobacco Companies Want Kid to Smoke. Are You Okay With That?

Written on April 12th, 2017 by -

$9.5 billion. That’s the amount of money tobacco companies spend each year marketing their deadly products in the United States. With today’s stringent tobacco marketing laws, they’re exploiting new, effective marketing strategies, including targeting minorities. Whether it’s African Americans, service members, women, children, or a host of other minority groups, the tobacco industry has a marketing plan to suit them all. Continue reading…

The Relationship between Tobacco and Mental Health: It’s Complicated.

Written on April 27th, 2017 by -

Studies show that half of all smoking-related deaths occur in people with mental health disorders. People with mental health disorders smoke more than half of all cigarettes produced, but only represent about 18.5% of the U.S. population, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Why is that? What exactly are the effects of smoking on mental health? Continue reading…

Learn All the Benefits of Smokefree Apartments.

Written on May 17th, 2017 by -

A common myth about smoking and multi-unit housing complexes is that many people believe separating apartments into smoking and nonsmoking units eliminates secondhand smoke exposure to nonsmokers. Continue reading…