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July 30, 2018

Bogalusa Independence from Tobacco Campaign Proclamation

In recognition of Bogalusa’s Smoke-Free Ordinance 1 Year Anniversary, and as part of the continual efforts to improve the quality of life and promote healthy lifestyles in our community, Mayor Wendy Perrette, Bogalusa Strong and the Bogalusa Mayor Wellness Council proclaims the City of Bogalusa Independence from Tobacco City-Wide Campaign.

Chewing tobacco and smoking are not only deadly to our Bogalusa residents but also cause immediate illness and long-term suffering. Tobacco in any form is dangerous, addictive, and contains 28 cancer-causing ingredients. 1 in 4 Bogalusa residents smoke or chew tobacco leading to our family and friends dying prematurely and suffering unnecessarily. Bogalusa and Washington Parish health determinants are some of the highest in the state ranking 63rd out of 64 parishes for length of life with 22% of us smoking.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death, killing 443,000 Americans and 6,500 Louisianans each year.Smoking causes heart disease, the leading cause of death. But smoking doesn’t just kill; it leads to long-term suffering.

For every person who dies from tobacco use, another 20 suffer from one or more serious smoking-related illnesses.

Tobacco smoke hurts anyone who breathes it, including family and friends and children.

Smoking causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women.

Smoking causes emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction.

Smoking causes the following cancers:

o   Leukemia
o   Bladder
o   Cervical
o   Esophagus
o   Kidney
o   Lung
o   Mouth & Throat
o   Pancreatic
o   Stomach

Smokeless oral tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking. The dangers of smokeless oral tobacco include:

o   Gum disease
o   Oral cancer
o   Heart disease
o   Tooth decay
o   High blood pressure
o    Jawbone loss

Quitting is not easy but help is only a phone call away. Our Lady of Angels Tobacco Cessation Program and Quit with LA Quitline is free and confidential to anyone ready to quit and stay quit.  Free phone counseling, classes, and nicotine replacement medication can help make this a reality. Classes are also available at any location-church, business or organization.  These services are available to everyone no matter what age.  Just call Debbie at 985-730-7166 to learn more.

Thank you for helping us save lives and improve the quality of life for our citizens by promoting these life-saving services to your employees and our community members. Free brochures and educational presentations are available to anyone who requests. Facebook post for you to share with friends, family. or co-workers are available on Our Lady of Angels Facebook page.

For more info contact Derek Covert 985.730.6707.

*Businesses who promote these services can be awarded as a Well-Ahead WellSpot Workplace thus receiving local and state-wide recognition for promoting a healthy work environment.  Contact Taffy Morrison at or 985-960-0098 to learn more.

**Bogalusa Strong is community members, leaders, businesses and organizations working together to improve our quality of life by promoting physical, social, and environmental health where we live, learn, work, pray and play supported by the Mayor, the Mayor’s Wellness Council, Our Lady of Angels Hospital, LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Department of Health Well-Ahead Louisiana.Through these efforts, we envision creating a healthier community together where all people thrive by empowering people to create healthy environments and lead healthy lives.

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