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Great American Smokeout

#QuitforGood: Take part in the Great American Smokeout

11/19/13–Missourians across the state will help mark the Great American Smokeout this Thursday. Quitting smoking for even one day can help to improve health immediately. In just 20 minutes from quitting, a smoker’s heart rate and blood pressure drops, and after 12 hours, the carbon monoxide in a smoker’s blood drops to normal. Want to learn more? Visit the American Cancer Society (ACS) or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #quitforgood. On Wednesday, November 20th and Thursday, November 21, Sharecare & the American Cancer Society will host a Great American Smokeout Twitter Chat from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST.

According to ACS, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. That’s nearly one out of five adults in the U.S.

Help celebrate quitters and supporters in your life! Learn more…

Celebrating Missouri’s Smokefree Cities

9/5/2013-Today Tobacco Free Missouri announced plans to celebrate Missouri’s smokefree cities at this year’s Missouri Municipal League Conference in Branson, Missouri.

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#MObusiness kicks off

Business has never been healthier in Missouri, thanks to many restaurants, bars and businesses that are going smokefree. TFM is excited to recognize Missouri’s own hospitality businesses this summer through its #MObusiness hospitality campaign. Join us!

Follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook, and stay tuned throughout July, August and September for facts, tips and quizzes, as well ways you can help friends and family break the habit.



Excelsior Springs Goes Smoke-free

The Excelsior Springs City Council recently approved a new smoking ordinance that provides smoke-free air for all enclosed places of business and public areas in the city. Excelsior Springs is the 23rd jurisdiction in Missouri to adopt a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance.

Business owners and patrons will have a 30-day grace period to adjust to the new law. The statute also provides non-smokers with a ten-foot buffer from the main entrance of any of these businesses where smokers are not permitted to smoke.  This gives non-smokers the freedom to breathe in smoke-free air as they enter and exit these establishments. Read more.

Washington goes smokefree

01/29/2013-Tobacco Free Missouri congratulates Breathe Easy Washington on their hard work that led to a comprehensive, city-wide smokefree ordinance. The ordinance was passed by a unanimous city council vote January 22 and will take affect April 15.


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Tobacco Free Missouri’s Capitol Day Making News

01/24/2013-Tobacco Free Missouri’s Capitol Day was a rousing success, with over 200 students taking a stand against tobacco. The Missouri Times was on the scene to capture the excitement.

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The Air We Breathe: Missouri Indoor Air Quality

Screen shot 2013-02-08 at 10.58.28 AMOver the past three years Tobacco Free Missouri has conducted a series of air quality studies in 19 communities across the state. This report details the findings for indoor air quality in smoking and non-smoking public places before and after smokefree ordinances.

Missouri Communities Air Quality Study

Let Missouri Leaders Know Why You are Standing up against Tobacco

Notecard download for Show Me PALSShow Me PALS is sponsoring a project called “Stand Up Against Tobacco and let our voices be heard.” The organization is gathering notecards across the state and they want to hear from you. Download and print out a card then handwrite a note telling us why you are standing up against tobacco. Our goal is to get 1,180 note cards, to represent the number of lives lost annually in Missouri due to secondhand smoke. The cards will then be shared with local legislators on January 23 during Tobacco Free Missouri’s Capitol Day.

Tobacco costs Missouri lives and dollars. The facts are staggering. Each year:

  • 9,362 Missourians die from tobacco-related diseases
  • 18 million packs of cigarettes are bought or smoked by Missouri youth
  • Each household spends an average of $565 in state and federal tax dollars to cover expenses to the public that have been caused by smoking
  • 8,600 Missouri youth will start smoking this year
  • 1,180 lives are lost due to secondhand smoke

“It’s bad enough that tobacco is killing thousands of smokers in our state, but the fact that 1,180 people in Missouri are dying every single year due to secondhand smoke is unbearable,” states Alex Higginbotham, vice president of Show Me PALS. “This is just one way for us to show our legislators that we’ve had enough. So stand with us this January and make sure our voices are heard.”

Send in your own card, or better yet, print out cards to bring into local coalition meetings with other health advocates or staff an event booth to ask community members to fill out a card.

Please mail in the completed notecards by December 15th to:

Joyce Lara
Youth Coordinator
Tobacco Free Missouri
1 Riverbend Place
Washington, MO 63090

For more information contact Joyce Lara, Tobacco Free Missouri, Youth Coordinator at 573-823-3809 or laraj@health.missouri.

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Missouri Comes in Last, Again

For Immediate Release

11/7/2012-Defeated by a narrow margin, the failure to pass Proposition B secured Missouri’s position as dead last in tobacco control.  The initiative would have raised our lowest-in-the-nation tobacco tax from its current 17 cents to 90 cents. Even with the proposed increase, Missouri would still trail 32 other states with higher taxes.  The national average is $1.49. At the polls, the measure failed by 49.2 percent to 50.8 percent.

“This truly is a disappointment,” remarked Traci Kennedy, Director of Tobacco Free Missouri, “I refuse to believe that Missourians would prefer to protect the interests of Big Tobacco and the bottom line of convenience stores over the interest of our children.”

Tobacco Free Missouri collaborated with Show Me a Brighter Future and supporting partners the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association and many other health and education organizations to move the initiative forward.

“Tobacco Free Missouri and its partnering organizations will continue to push forward to eliminate the burden of tobacco use in our state,” states Kennedy.  Despite the failure of this measure, twenty-one communities in Missouri have implemented comprehensive clean indoor air ordinances with several other coalitions forming to tackle the topic across the state.

Kennedy encourages advocates to continue their work and focus on the health and well-being of all Missourians. “Despite the legislature’s inability to take on Big Tobacco, advocates across the state continue their work at the grassroots level and the results are impressive.”

Tobacco Free Missouri wishes to thank all of the committed volunteers that worked to educate voters about the importance of Proposition B.  Despite this setback, the statewide coalition will continue to move forward looking toward the 2013 legislative session and expanding momentum at the local level.


ABOUT TOBACCO FREE MISSOURI: The mission of Tobacco Free Missouri is to eliminate the health and economic burdens of tobacco in Missouri. Since 2007, Tobacco Free Missouri has worked with its partners to reduce tobacco use and eliminate secondhand smoke exposure for all Missourians through education and policy change. For more information, please visit www.tobaccofreemo.org.


Smokefree Policies Can Improve Business

10/23/2012-According to a study recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smokefree ordinances can improve the economies of Missouri cites. The study examined tax revenues from the hospitality industry, mainly bars and restaurants, before and after a smokefree ordinance was enacted. Researchers found that in eight cities, tax revenues actually increased, while in the other three, revenues remained constant. These results were not surprising, since numerous economic impact studies in other states have revealed similar findings. 

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