deKalb putting prevention to work




Leadership Team
DeKalb’s CPPW initiative is led by a high-level leadership team, chaired by District Health Director, Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford. CPPW Leadership Team members represent DeKalb’s key public and private sectors.




Community Profile
DeKalb County is the most densely populated county in Georgia with a suburban/urban area of 268 square miles and a population of 692,000.




What Is Tobacco

Nicotine, a drug that is as addictive as cocaine and heroin, is the only natural source in tobacco.



Tobacco Health Events
Reach your goal to quit smoking by attending our smoke free events.



Tobacco Free Schools
To promote teen tobacco use prevention, the Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program of the Georgia Division of Public Health encourages school districts across the state to adopt a 100% Tobacco Free School Policy.




Reasons For Quitting... Whats Yours?

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  Over 11,000 Georgians die every year from tobacco-related illness.  That is one out of every six deaths in adult Georgians. 




Benefits Of Quitting

Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.




Health Consequences
Chronic diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory diseases are the top three leading causes of death in DeKalb County




Secondhand Smoke

 According to the Surgeon General Report, there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.  Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals that are considered toxic and cause cancer.




Tobacco Use Prevention and Control
The DeKalb County Board of Health receives the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Cooperative Agreement grant for $3.2M for tobacco use prevention and control.




DeKalb's Smoke Free Initiative
Take the Smoke-Free initiative and pledge to be Smoke-Free in 2012.

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