Tobacco takes a toll on communities

Tobacco takes a terrible toll on the people in the counties the HFM Prevention Council covers.

I mainly work in Montgomery County. When working with youth about the dangers of tobacco, they think everyone smokes because all the people around them smoke.

My sister died at the age of 52 because of her tobacco use. We watched her slowly die from cancer that basically devoured her body. She went from 140 pounds to 65 pounds. People used to think that tobacco use only caused lung cancer; now we know it attacks every organ in the body. The dangers of second-hand smoke and third-hand smoke have become evident through research. The children and other bystanders become victims of the people who smoke.

Tobacco-control programs educate citizens about the dangers of tobacco use. One of the students – whose father was hospitalized with breathing difficulties due to tobacco use – said, “If he was president, he would illuminate all tobacco factories.” There is a second-grader who has the solution.

For my information, visit or call me at HFM Prevention Council at 736-8188, Ext. 107.


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