Tobacco-Free Living

Tobacco use is the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States. Tobacco-related diseases cost the United States $96 billion in health care bills every year. In North Carolina the cost is $288.8 million.

Tobacco-free living has become a top priority as the nation tries to shift the health care system from one focused on treating costly illnesses to a model that encourages wellness and prevention. Living tobacco-free reduces a person’s risk of developing heart disease, various cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, periodontal disease, asthma and other diseases, and of dying prematurely. Tobacco-free living means avoiding use of all types of tobacco products—such as cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, pipes and hookahs—and also living free from secondhand smoke exposure.

Local Strides, in partnership with the Community Transformation Grant Project (CTG Project), is working with state and local partners to support tobacco free initiatives in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico, Pitt and Wayne counties and throughout Eastern North Carolina.

How we are making a Tobacco-Free Living Environment in Eastern North Carolina

  • Increase the number of indoor public places that voluntarily adopt a policy providing a safe and healthy smoke-free or tobacco-free environment
  • Increase the number of outdoor environments on all local government grounds, including parks and recreational areas providing a safe and healthy smoke-free or tobacco-free environment.

This is Amanda

Watch this video to see her story and learn more about the effects of tobacco.

This is Jamason

Watch this video and learn how tobacco can affect more than just the smoker.