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Some Benefits of Quitting Tobacco*:

20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate drops to a normal level.

12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide levels in your blood drop to normal.

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your risk of having a heart attack begins to drop.

1-9 months after quitting: Decrease in coughing and shortness of breath.

1 year after quitting: Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.

5-15 years after quitting: Your risk of having a stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker's.

10 years after quitting: Your risk of dying of lung cancer is about half that of a non-smoker's.

15 years after quitting: Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as that of a non-smoker's.

*More than 20,000 Ohio adults die from smoking-related deaths each year.

Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Why did the library decide to go Tobacco Free?

Discarded cigarette butts and smoke are an increasing problem on library property, especially near the entrances. The library is dedicated to maintaining a clean, safe and healthy public environment, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, and promoting the comfort of library staff and patrons.

What is included in "tobacco"?

Any tobacco use is prohibited, including smoking, electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, and smoke-free oral tobacco products.

Isn't it my right to use tobacco products if I choose to?

This policy does not require that any individual stop using tobacco products. Such a decision is your choice. It is the library's right to maintain a welcome environment for all users.

Where may I smoke or use tobacco products if I cannot use them on library property?

If you are uncomfortable using your personal vehicle with the windows closed, ask a library staff member to show you the edge of library property.

Ohio Department of Health Quit Line

1.800.QUIT.NOW (794.8669)

Legacy EX Program

Quitting Dip and Chewing Tobacco

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services: Be Tobacco Free

 

Additional questions? Please call James Hill, Library Director 740.702.4162