Anti-Smoking Policies Can Help Prevent Fires

Careless smoking practices remain the leading cause of accidental residential fires, a hot topic across the country during national Fire Prevention Week, October 6–13. Arnot Health encourages local homeowners and landlords to adopt smoke-free policies on their properties to reduce the risk of fire and prevent the loss of life.

Data from the United States Fire Administration shows that smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths in the U.S. According to the National Fire Protection agency, approximately 1,000 people die every year from smoking-related fires.

In light of the fact that one third of apartment fires result from smoking materials, landlords are also encouraged to adopt smoke-free policies for multi-unit buildings.

According to Amanda Domineske, Tobacco Cessation Center Coordinator, “As we celebrate Fire Prevention Week, it is a perfect time to consider putting safer smoking practices and policies in place that protect our families and tenants from becoming an unfortunate statistic. Of course the best way to avoid serious injury or death in a smoking-related fire is to quit smoking completely.”

The Tobacco Cessation Center at Arnot Health offers smokers support classes and referrals for additional encouragement, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), and educational information for patients and professionals, provider teaching and training. Smokers can also call the New York State Quitline at 866–NY–QUITS or contact the Tobacco Cessation Center at Arnot Health at 607-737-4463.

June is Men’s Health Month; Commit to Quit Smoking

As Men’s Health Month comes to a close, the Tobacco Cessation Center at Arnot Health is encouraging men to commit to quit smoking. Today, the leading causes of premature death in men in the United States are heart disease and cancer, lung cancer being the leading cause of cancer death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking causes an estimated 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths in men and triples a middle-aged man’s risk of dying from heart disease.

“Health risks associated with tobacco use, especially smoking cigarette, are very real,” says Amanda Domineske, Program Coordinator of the Tobacco Cessation Center at Arnot Health. “Sadly, the risks aren’t only to the smoker. Committing to a full quit is the first step in moving toward a more healthy life for you and those you care about.”

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified secondhand smoke as a “known human carcinogen” (cancer-causing agent). In children, secondhand smoke is known to cause acute respiratory infections, ear problems, severe asthma attacks and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In adults, secondhand smoke exposure has been associated with lung cancer, heart disease, and lung infection in non-smokers. The American Cancer Society estimates that the increased medical costs associated with secondhand smoke top $10 billion annually.

“Committing to quit is a big decision, but more than one million people do it successfully every year,” says Domineske. “Those who do not only improve their quality of life, but the quality of life of those they care about too.”

Need Help to Quit:

  • Talk to your doctor.
  • Consider a Quit Class or Support Group offered by the Tobacco Cessation Center at Arnot Health. Contact (607) 737-4463 or adomineske@arnothealth.org for information about offerings in your area.
  • Request free nicotine replacement products by visiting www.nysmokefree.com or calling 1-866-697-8487.
  • Call 1-800-QUIT NOW, a toll-free number to access free quit support across the country.