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(May 31, 2022 Salisbury, MD) – Every year on the 31st of May, the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors World No Tobacco Day to encourage people to quit smoking tobacco for 24 hours or as the start of a long-term quit attempt. This year’s theme is “Protect the Environment”, by raising awareness among the public on the environmental impact of tobacco from cultivation, production, distribution and waste. It will give tobacco users one extra reason to quit. The World Health Organization states, tobacco threat to our environment poisons wildlife, ignites destructive deadly fires, damages habitat, landscapes, ecosystems and consumes tax dollars for clean-up and disposal. Growing and manufacturing tobacco poisons our water, soil, beaches, and city streets with chemicals, toxic waste, cigarette butts and e-cigarettes.

Quit tobacco to save our planet. The harmful impact of the tobacco industry on the environment is vast and growing adding unnecessary pressure to our planet’s already scarce resources. According to the Federal Trade Commission, tobacco companies spent more than $8 billion in 2018 on advertising and promotion.  

In recognition of World No Tobacco Day, the Wicomico County Health Department will be distributing quit kits. They have items to keep the mouth, hands and brain busy, and to relieve stress.  Pick up a quit kit for yourself or someone you care about.

The kits include:

  • How to Stop Smoking Pocket Pal
  • Tobacco Use Tracker
  • Gum, Mint & Lollipop

 Or you can put your own kit together.

Here are some ideas of what to put in your kit:  

  • toothpicks, straws, sunflower seeds, a bottle of bubbles
  • mints, gum mouthwash
  • rubber bands, paper clips, nail file
  • puzzles, word games
  • stress ball, tea bags
  • slips of paper with motivational/supportive statements or reasons toquit  
  • pictures of the people who matter most to the person trying to quit 

 Quit Kits can be picked up at:

The Wicomico County Health Departments 4 locations: Hurdle building, 108 E. Main Street, Adkins building, WIC and Dental 801 Salisbury Blvd, Fritz building, 300 W. Carroll Street, Lower Shore Friends, 207 Maryland Ave. Suite #5 and Chesapeake Healthcare,1665 Woodbrooke Drive.

Anyone who lives or works in Wicomico County may participate in our stop smoking classes or our one on one confidential counseling which are held over the phone for more information on quitting tobacco products, contact Rhonda Bryant, at the Wicomico County Health Department at 410-430-7384. Connect with us at or on Facebook, Instagram (Wicomico Health) or Twitter (@WicomicoHealth). 

Call today to receive education, support and FREE nicotine replacement patches, nicotine lozenges, or Varenicline (replacement for Chantix).                                                                        

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