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Working with Faith Communities on Tobacco Control Issues . Jayne Mardock, American Lung Association ANR’s Clearing the Air Institute II Falling Leaf Lake, CA June 2, 2004. They have legitimate moral authority They have access to hundreds (or maybe millions) of people
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Jayne Mardock, American Lung Association
ANR’s Clearing the Air Institute II
Falling Leaf Lake, CA
June 2, 2004
Rent-a-Pastor – you only include them for the photo op or quote
People power – the clergy is great, but the congregation is greater
All in your head – don’t be afraid to talk your heart and be personalPitfalls to Avoid
Environmental tobacco smoke inflicts toxic chemicals on your “neighbor” and can cause death as well as illness and discomfort.
Subjecting someone to tobacco smoke is selfish and inconsiderate.Love of Neighbor
Body is a temple to be cared for. You are not your own, but bought at a price.
We have a greater responsibility and are called to a higher standard of self-control in regard to things not beneficial to usLove of Self
Rates of youth smoking higher in targeted communities
Tobacco control is a justice issue
When you care for the least of these, you care for me.Care for the Vulnerable
Children and youth are targeted by tobacco companies to replace adult smokers who will become ill and die from the habit
Children don’t choose their environments and are forced to live in a smoking sectionCare for Children and the Unborn
Smoking kills not just the tobacco user but those who are in breathing range of smoker
Given the known health risks and mortality, smoking is a slow form of suicideKilling and murder
The money spent on tobacco products can be used for things that promote goodWasting Money
How can you help them engage the larger congregation/denomination?
Are there other programs, such as cessation classes, or new mothers groups that you could support with programs?Building on Relationships
Target states include: CO, CT, IN, NJ, OH, OR, VA, potential expanding into NC
www.FaithNotTobacco.orgFaith Not Tobacco
Asks for FDA authority over tobacco claims and advertising
Increase the tobacco tax and use money for cessation and child health care
For our children’s sake, we urge youFaith United Against Tobacco
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the American Lung Association works to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung diseases and breathing problems are the leading causes of infant deaths in the United States today, and asthma is the leading serious chronic childhood illness. Smoking remains the nation’s leading preventable cause of death. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined.
The American Lung Association has long funded vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. It is the foremost defender of the Clean Air Act and laws that protect citizens from secondhand smoke. The Lung Association teaches children the dangers of tobacco use and helps teenage and adult smokers overcome addiction. It educates children and adults living with lung diseases on managing their condition. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association is “Improving life, one breath at a time.”
For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or log on to www.lungusa.org.