Inland Empire Smoke Out promotes smoking ban for minority communities – San Bernardino Sun

Pastor Darryl Jackson recently declared his Ontario church a smoke-free campus.

Father Steven Shepard sends out daily electronic messages reminding his San Bernardino-based congregation of the link to smoking and lung disease and now complications including death from COVID-19 .

Finally, Vincent McCoy, project director of Inland Empire Smoke Out, says that truth is sometimes not enough in a world where people ignore science or are distracted from the truth by political arguments and Marketing of Big Tobacco.

Despite conducting focus groups with frustrated custodians of young people vaping, training influencers to spread the no-smoking message and meeting face-to-face with elected officials campaign to help them cut down on a lot of smoking shops and low costs Organizers say the effort to eradicate tobacco from blacks, Latinos and other minority communities has not been easy.

Truth is not enough

“Yes, it was an uphill battle over five years with $1.5 million in funding from the California Department of Health for education,” said McCoy, vice president of the Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce. about the health dangers of tobacco use.

So far, the program has hosted four focus groups in 2021, many of which are virtual; conducted a survey on smoking attitudes from 370 respondents; hold five talks with elected officials; and convince five churches to become “smoke-free grounds,” McCoy said Jan.

IE Smoke Out is targeting minorities in Riverside, Ontario, Perris, San Bernardino and Imperial County. On January 12, it will host its first meeting with officials from the Moreno Valley in partnership with the Riverside University Health System, McCoy said.

Although decades of studies have clearly shown that smoking causes lung cancer and emphysema and increases the risk of heart disease, that message has not always been well received, McCoy said.

“For some people, smoking is bad for your health is still up for debate,” he said. Inland Empire Smoke Out promotes smoking ban for minority communities – San Bernardino Sun

Curtis Crabtree

Curtis Crabtree is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Curtis Crabtree joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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