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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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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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Tobacco Free Missouri Holds Capitol Day to Stand Up Against Tobacco

students in capitol tell why they're standing up against tobacco

Missouri students stand up against tobacco in state capitol

01/22/2013-On January 23, members of Tobacco Free Missouri gathered along with other groups from across the state—including the American Heart Association and American Lung Association—in the Missouri State Capitol to educate legislators, Capitol staff, and visitors about the burden of tobacco in Missouri.

This Tobacco Free Missouri Capitol Day also featured youth from across the state displaying more than 2,000 messages depicting why they Stand Up Against Tobacco and a rally in the first floor Rotunda discussing the release of Tobacco Free Missouri’s Air Quality study and the American Lung Association’s Report Card giving our state an F for tobacco control efforts.

“Having nearly 100 advocates including young people attend this Capitol Day makes the statement that Missourians are passionate about their health and the right to breathe clean air,” said Dr. Everett, Board Chair of Tobacco Free Missouri. “Through prevention, cessation and policy efforts we look forward to continued progress to reduce the burden of tobacco in our state.”

Missouri has one of the highest adult smoking rates in the nation, and significant tobacco-related disparities in rural areas of the state. Despite these challenges, coupled with the lowest tobacco tax in the nation, strides are being made.  Currently, 21 communities have comprehensive smoke-free policies protecting all employees from secondhand smoke.  Advocates have worked to educate their communities about the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure and to support policy change efforts. Missouri was also recently recognized for having the second-highest number of comprehensive smokefree ordinances pass in the country in 2012.


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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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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Article in Missouri Municipal Review Shows Smokefree Ordinances Working

10/15/2012-An article by Tobacco Free Missouri’s Stan Cowan recently appeared in the Missouri Municipal Review. Providing straightforward evidence, Cowan debunks the dire predictions made by opponents of Jefferson City’s smokefree ordinance. Not only did indoor air quality improve dramatically, but economic growth in the restaurant and bar sector remained strong, and charitable earnings from bingo halls in Jefferson City nearly doubled after the ordinance went into effect.

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