County, City proclaim Great American Smokeout


BUCKHANNON — On Thursday, November 10, the Upshur County Commission heard a presentation by the Upshur County Tobacco Prevention Coalition for the Great American Smokeout Proclamation. The same day the City of Buckhannon also held a proclamation for the same.

At 9 a.m. the Upshur County Commission held their meeting in the Upshur County Courthouse Annex. Following discussion on several agenda items, the commission made a proclamation for the Great American Smokeout at 9:45 a.m. Later at 10:15 a.m. the City of Buckhannon also held the proclamation presentation at City Hall in Council Chambers.

The proclamation was read aloud and presented as follows.

“The American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November (November 17, 2022) each year, challenging smokers to give up cigarettes for 24 hours as an effort toward reducing or quitting entirely. If you or a loved one smokes cigarettes, consider joining the movement and take the first step toward quitting cigarettes forever!

“In our state, a pack of cigarettes costs approximately 56.62 plus tax, so if you multiply that one pack a day, the monthly cost is over $200. To take that to a yearly cost, it is roughly $2,400. If you quit, you could take your family on a week-long vacation, afford a monthly utility payment. Even if you only quit for four months, you could purchase a laptop/tablet and internet service.

“E-cigarette use or vaping, among adults and youth is an epidemic in West Virginia. Vaping use rates are rising faster in West Virginia than rates across the nation. More than one in three (35.7%) West Virginia high school students report current use of e-cigarettes. This is a 150% increase from 2017 to 2019 alone. The high school tobacco use rate is 40.6%.

“Studies show that second and thirdhand smoke also poses health risks Secondhand smoke can increase lung cancer by 20 - 30%. Smoke from the end of a cigarette has a higher concentration of the cancer-causing chemicals than the smoke exhaled by a smoker. The US EP A says secondhand smoke is among the most dangerous substances known to cause cancer. Thirdhand smoke refers to the toxins from cigarette smoke that stick to soft surfaces. Thirdhand smoke not only affects adults but also babies. children. and even pets.

Now, therefore, be it proclaimed that the Upshur County Commission hereby recognizes and supports the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday November 17. 2022 in Upshur County and encourages all citizens who smoke, use chew or dip tobacco, vape or any other devices to ingest nicotine to demonstrate to themselves and to their children that they can quit by joining the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.

The American Cancer Society says, “Quitting smoking isn’t easy. It takes time. And a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one. Let the Great American Smokeout event on the third Thursday in November be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. You’ll be joining thousands of people who smoke across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk. Plus, the American Cancer Society can help you access the resources and support you need to quit.”

Additionally, it was noted by The American Cancer Society that research shows that people who smoke are most successful in their efforts to stop smoking when they have support, such as:

• Telephone quit lines

• American Cancer Society Fresh Start Program

• Nicotine Anonymous meetings

• Self-help books and materials

• Smoking counselors or coaches

• Encouragement and support from friends and family members

• Using two or more of these measures to quit smoking works better than using any one of them alone. For example, some people use a prescription medicine along with nicotine replacement. Other people may use as many as three or four of the methods listed above. Professional guidance can help you choose the approach that’s right for you.

The American Cancer Society also provided a timeline of some important events in areas of research, policies and studies on smoke-free efforts. They are listed below.

1977: Berkeley, California, became the first community to limit smoking in restaurants and other public places.

1983: San Francisco passed the first strong workplace smoking restrictions, eliminating smoking in private workplaces.

1990: The federal smoke-free law for all domestic flights of six hours or less took effect 

1994: Mississippi filed the first of 24 state lawsuits seeking to recuperate millions of dollars from tobacco companies for smoking-related illnesses paid for by Medicaid.

1994: ABC News reported for the first time that cigarette companies manipulated the nicotine in their products to cause and sustain addiction in people who smoke.

1994: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opened an historic investigation into the tobacco industry’s manipulation of nicotine and targeting of children in advertising and promotion.

1999: The Department of Justice filed suit against cigarette manufacturers, charging the industry with defrauding the public by lying about the risks of smoking.

1999: The Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) was passed, requiring tobacco companies to pay $206 billion to 45 states by the year 2025 to cover Medicaid costs of treating people who smoke. The MSA agreement also closed the Tobacco Institute and ended cartoon advertising and tobacco billboards.

2009: The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was signed into law. It gives the FDA the authority to regulate the sale, manufacturing and marketing of tobacco products and protects children from the tobacco industry’s marketing practices.

2017: More than 11 years after a federal court first ordered them to do so, the major U.S. tobacco companies began publishing “corrective statement” advertisements telling the American people the truth about their deadly and addictive products. Tobacco companies had to publish corrective statements in the nation’s top-selling newspapers from November 2017 to April 2018, according to the court ruling.  The court also required corrective statements to air on major television networks from November 2017 to November 2018. The American Cancer Society, along with other public health groups, played a major role as an intervenor in the Justice Department’s litigation against Big Tobacco.

For more details on the history of The Great American Smokeout, resources to become smoke-free and more visit www.cancer.org.

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