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Tobacco 21

The KnowSmoke Coalition and 1 in 21 are collaboratively working together to further reduce smoking rates and promote a smoke-free generation. Raising the minimum age of legal access to tobacco products to 21 years of age will help reduce smoking rates. Nearly 200 jurisdictions in 14 states have already raised the minimum age of legal access to tobacco products.

In Muskegon County, adolescent smoking rates have been declining. However, adolescent use of e-cigarettes has increased, according to the CDC, over 900% nationwide from 2011 to 2015. In Muskegon County, according to the 2015-2016 Michigan Profile for a Health Youth (MIPHY), 17.5% of youth are using electronic vapor products, which is 10% higher than traditional cigarette use.

Adolescents are more likely to obtain cigarettes from social sources than through commercial transactions, and youth who reported receiving offers of cigarettes from friends were more likely to initiate smoking and progress to experimentation. As a result, raising the tobacco sales age to 21 has been shown to reduce high school smoking by over 50% and will reduce access from social sources.

As a community, we have worked hard to move the needle in the right direction, but our work is not yet done. We will not stop until Muskegon is the healthiest county by the year 2021. To support the Tobacco 21 Resolution of Support, please download and sign the attached resolution and send to:

Sign the Tobacco 21 Resolution here.

Increase of Tobacco-Buying Age to 21 Proposed to County Commissioners

Muskegon County May Increase Tobacco Age to 21

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Katie Jourdan

Meet Katie Jourdan

Promoting healthy behaviors among high school students in Oceana County.

Katie Jourdan is from Saranac, MI, a very small town east of Grand Rapids. After high school, Katie attended Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!) with only the knowledge that she wanted to help people in her future career. While trying to find her passion, she attended a general education class called Healthy Lifestyles and instantly fell in love with the field of health education.

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Drug Free Communities of Muskegon County

Held their Strategic planning session to help identify substance abuse issues that face our youth.

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Charted Releases New Advance Care Directives Resources to the Community.

Charted Healthcare Planning Coalition is introducing a new advance directive and is increasing its effort to see more completed advance directives in our region. The new advance …

Health Project Announces Community Benefit Board Initiative Grantees

Funds support initiatives that address health needs identified in recent Community Health Needs Assessment

The Health Project’s Advisory Board of Directors announced their grantee recipients of the …

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Kelli DeLong

Meet Kelli DeLong and Kharisma Kitchen

Improving Population Health in Muskegon County

When looking at examples of teamwork at the Health Project, most will tell you to check out the dynamic duo of Kelli DeLong and Kharisma Kitchen. Together, they facilitate and coordinate committees of the Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR).

 

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