Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today joined Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and county Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding to announce the start of the most aggressive, comprehensive anti-smoking campaign in L.A. County history to reach communities with high smoking rates across the county. This anti-tobacco effort will include several policy-based initiatives, social services and support for quit smoking efforts, as well as a high-profile and highly targeted media campaign to support a broad range of tobacco control efforts and raise awareness of free and low-cost resources to help smokers quit. These tactics will aim to ultimately reduce secondhand smoke exposure, discourage tobacco use, reduce consumption of tobacco products, strengthen youth smoking prevention efforts, and increase access to and utilization of effective tobacco cessation services.
The L.A. Quits program works. Note the following email from a constituent:
“Dear Supervisor Ridley-Thomas,
I would like to personally thank you for the nicotine patches. It has been 2 weeks now and I don’t even have an urge. Thanks for helping to save my life after 30 years of smoking.”
IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOR YOU TO QUIT!
To date, we have distributed only 25% of our 30,000 two-week stop-smoking starter kit supply. And now we are holding the following outreach events in the community to make it easy to get started on quitting!
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
280 E. Compton Blvd.
Compton, CA 90220
Saturday, July 25, 2009
11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ted Watkins County Park
1335 East 103rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90002
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
1730 W. Manchester Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90047