Issue 5               Logo 2012       March 20

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Kick Butts Today

Today, Wednesday March 20, is Kick Butts Day, a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, imposing a terrible toll in health, lives and dollars on families, businesses and government. Tobacco kills more than 400,000 people annually, more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. Tobacco costs the U.S. more than $96 billion in health care expenditures and $97 billion in lost productivity each year. One in five Americans still smokes, and about 4,000 kids try their first cigarette each day.

Is someone you know or love still smoking? Here are some of the facts...

  • Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.
  • Smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths.
  • The list of diseases caused by smoking includes: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, stroke, leukemia, cataract, pneumonia, and bladder, esophageal, laryngeal, lung, oral, throat, cervical, kidney, stomach, and pancreatic cancers.
  • Smokers die significantly earlier than nonsmokers: 13.2 years for men and 14.5 years for women.

The Howard County Health Department can help! A new Tobacco Cessation Class begins on the first Wednesday of each month and is held for four (4) consecutive Wednesdays for 1 hour and 15 minutes (morning and evening classes are available). Medication and physician evaluation are dispensed as needed. An optional 15 minute breathing and relaxation segment is offered at the end of each class.

Classes are FREE to all who live or work in Howard County! Call 410-313-6265 for more information. 


El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Howard est� ofreciendo clases para "Dejar de Fumar" que se iniciar�n el primer mi�rcoles de cada mes y se llevar�n a cabo en ciclos de 4 mi�rcoles consecutivos, la duraci�n de la clase es de 1 hora y 15 minutos. La clase de la ma�ana ser� en el horario de las 11:30 am y en la tarde a las 6:30 pm. Al final de cada clase, en los �ltimos 15 minutos, se ofrecer� un segmento (opcional) de ejercicios de respiraci�n profunda y relajaci�n. Se realizar� evaluaci�n m�dica y dispensar� medicinas seg�n sea necesario. La pr�xima sesi�n comienza el mi�rcoles, 3 de abril del 2013

Las clases son GRATIS para todas las personas que viven o trabajan en el Condado de Howard! Llame al 410-313-6265 para obtener m�s informaci�n.

1-800-QUIT-NOW, Maryland's free tobacco quitline is another alternative to help residents quit smoking.

  • Click here for information on their evidence-based youth cessation program.
  • Click here for information on their evidence-based counseling program for pregnant women.
  • Click here for information on their evidenced-based text message support and enhanced web-based services.

Howard County residents will have the opportunity to join nearly 150,000 Americans who have signed up for a Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The study will help researchers better understand the liestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. For more information, please click here or call 410-933-5157.

HC DrugFree Calendar of Events


HoCo FilmFest including HC DrugFree category winners

Join HC DrugFree at the HoCo FilmFest to see all winning films.

Friday, March 22, 7:30 PM, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab


RHHStival with HC DrugFree message between performances

Saturday, March 23, 7:00 PM, River Hill High School


What Parents Need to KNOW (drug and alcohol trends, tips and more for parents)

Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 PM, Oakland Mills High School


Teen Advisory Council Mtg.

Monday, April 8, 5:30-6:30 PM, The Barn in Oakland Mills


Senior Week - Staying Safe in Ocean City

Monday, April 8, 7:00 PM, Mt. Hebron High School Auditorium



For more information about HC DrugFree or to submit anonymous questions for HC DrugFree's newsletter, please contact:

Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director, HC DrugFree

10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Suite 404, Columbia, MD 21044.

Phone 443-325-0040




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Joan Webb Scornaienchi
Executive Director, HC DrugFree
Howard County Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator
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