Benefits of a Commercial Some Free Policy

Benefits of a Commercial Smoke Free Policy

Tribes have a sovereign right to determine the health of their own people. To adopt and implement a commercial smoke free policy to protect children and elders from the dangers of commercial secondhand smoke is an exercise of that sovereignty. A policy also helps state the Tribe’s position on commercial tobacco and commercial secondhand smoke exposure. Enacting and implementing a smoke free policy can be a long and tedious process. However, implementing a smoke free policy is a step forward toward healthy Tribal members and a commitment to our future generations.

 

There are several reasons to adopt a commercial smoke free policy:

 

  • Commercial smoke free policy protect elders and children from the health consequences of commercial secondhand smoke;
  • Assists Tribal members who are trying to quit smoking by providing less places to smoke and creating commercial smoke free areas where it will not trigger them to smoke by smelling smoke;
  • Saves cost on health care dollars by preventing ear infections, asthma attacks, cardiovascular disease, and cancer due solely to reducing commercial secondhand smoke exposure;
  • Ensures traditional tobacco is used for ceremony and medicine;
  • Saves cost for Tribal housing by having to rid housing of the smell of smoke and replacing walls and carpet due to smoke stains and tertiary smoke or Third-hand smoke. Third-hand tobacco smoke contamination remains after the cigarette has been extinguished. Third-hand smoke residue builds up on surfaces over time and resists normal cleaning. Third-hand smoke can’t be eliminated by airing out rooms, opening windows, using fans or air conditioners, or by confining smoke to only certain areas;
  • Protects the environment by reducing cigarette butt litter, reduce deforestation by not needing paper to make cigarettes, and prevent wildfires;
  • Protects Tribal employee health by reducing the use of sick leave due to reducing commercial secondhand smoke exposure, thus also increasing productivity and
  • Research shows a reduction in cigarette use when commercial smoke free policies are introduced;

 

Any commercial smoke free policy will have to be approved by the Tribal council for that Tribal community. In the case of a Tribal Health Program, the policy will have to be approved by the health board. Click on Commercial Tobacco Free Policy Guide to learn more about how you can help enact a policy change in your community.

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WEBINAR -- "BRCA Genetics in The News:  What Do I Do Next?" -- Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 8 p.m. EST. -- The webinar features Sharsheret's own Genetics Program Coordinator, Peggy Cottrell, MS, CGC, who will explore the latest critical genetics research, decode BRCA and other genetic mutations, and help us understand what steps we need to take next.  A Sharsheret peer supporter will share her personal story and a live question and answer session will follow the presentation.  We are proud to partner with FORCE on this presentation!  To register for the webinar or to share the webinar with others in your network, CLICK HERE.  Feel free to share widely.  If you have any questions, please contact Support Program Coordinator Shira Kravitz at skravitz@sharsheret.org or 1-866-474-2774.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY -- The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board and the Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center is pleased to announce 2 new funding opportunities in partnership with the Indian Health Service (with funding from the National Institutes of Health) and the Centers for Disease Control. -- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health IHS/NIH Project Sub-Award will be used to support the assessment of and response to the leading public health priorities of substance abuse and/or mental health.  It is anticipated that up to 6 awards will be available for the 2017-2018 funding cycle.  |  Applications are due on December 29, 2017.  |  LEARN MORE HERE

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board and the Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center is pleased to announce two new funding opportunities in partnership with the Indian Health Service (with funding from the National Institutes of Health) and the Centers for Disease Control. | The Tribal Public Health Priorities CDC Project Sub-Award will be used in support of and response to local public health priorities and needs as well as contribute to the development of tribal public health workforce and infrastructure.  It is anticipated that up to 12 awards will be available for the 2017-2018 funding cycle.  |  Applications are due on December 29, 2017. | LEARN MORE HERE

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - Public Health Institute is accepting applications for the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health from teams in the Appalachian and Mid-regions of the United States.  "For communities that are engaged in cross-sector work to improve the public health, this is an opportunity to boost your team's capacity and skills through a community leadership process."  Deadline January 12, 2018 - LEARN MORE

It's About a Billion Lives Symposium -- February 2, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA - SAVE THE DATE - LEARN MORE

Funding Opportunity - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Policies for Action:  Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health - HERE