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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

upcoming events

Apr 23, 2019

Freedom From Smoking Classes

This is your year to quit!

Cyndi Powers, Community Health Improvement Coordinator at the Health Project will be hosting a series of Smoking Cessation Classes every Tuesday …

Apr 27, 2019

Spring Medication Take Back Event

The Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program will be hosting their Spring 2019 Take Back Event at the Norton Shores Fire Department on Saturday, April 27th from 9am …

Apr 30, 2019

Freedom From Smoking Classes

This is your year to quit!

Cyndi Powers, Community Health Improvement Coordinator at the Health Project will be hosting a series of Smoking Cessation Classes every Tuesday …

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The Health Project provides a number of direct services to eligible members of the community. These services include the following programs:

community spotlight

Meet Shelia Wilson

Educating providers and youth about sexual health in Muskegon County.

“We are lucky to have the low HIV rates that we do in Muskegon County; but the STI rates are very scary because HIV and other STI’s can go hand in hand”, stated Shelia Wilson, Nursing Supervisor at Public Health Muskegon County. Shelia oversees the STI and HIV Program at Public Health. Along with that, come many other responsibilities.

what’s happening

Muskegon High School Students Raise Awareness for Kick Butts Day 2019

The Knowsmoke Coalition partnered with students from Muskegon High School’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) to celebrate Kick Butts Day. Students were given the chance to share their …

The Ride Hits Home For Health Project CHW

“It first started with chest pains,” stated Dave Alves, a Community Health Worker at the Health Project. “The pain wouldn’t go away, and I didn’t …

The 17th Annual Men's Health Fair Offers Free Health Screenings

“So many young men who do not have insurance need to be covered. You’d be surprised that younger people are having more problems today. Early detection is …

staff highlight

Meet Emma Johnston

As a community health worker in direct service, Emma Johnston’s main concern is health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid; but she also works with other DHS programs like food assistance and State Emergency Relief, utility bill assistance through True North and MOCAP, and any other kind of community referrals or aid possible.

 

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