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Project aims to reduce tobacco use, secondhand smoke exposure

Horizon Community Health Board, which serves the counties of Douglas, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Grant, is in its second year of a Tobacco-Free Communities Grant from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

This project is aimed to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure in West Central Minnesota.

Tobacco-Free Communities is looking for individuals who have been affected by a tobacco-related disease or illness to share their story about the health effects of using tobacco. Individuals of any age, gender or ethnic backgrounds are invited to share their story.

Tobacco-Free Communities will create an educational Tobacco Impact Display that contains these stories.

This display will travel around West Central Minnesota to schools, businesses, community events, fairs and more. The goal is to educate Minnesotans to better understand the diseases and illnesses associated with tobacco use and secondhand smoke.

For more information, or if you want to share your story, contact Amy Reineke, health educator, at (320) 762-3079 at Douglas County Public Health.