Monday, May 3, 2010

Our Smoking Policy

The De Soto Farmers' Market is a smoke free market. As a quick reminder of why we think that is important, I thought it would be appropriate to have one of our market volunteers prepare some information about smoking and its affect on communities.

One can probably assume that if you are a smoker, you have heard all the statistics; the health and social reasons to quit. One can probably assume if you are a smoker, either you want to quit and so far have not found the right method for success, or you just don’t want to.

For some folks, it’s a freedom of choice issue. For others it’s an unconscious habit; they don’t even remember lighting that cig dangling from their lips. But for the more than 20 million Americans who have asthma, (the leading chronic illness among children in the U.S.) and 24 million Americans who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is the nation's fourth leading cause of death, breathing smoke is not a choice they can inhale.

According to the Surgeon General, there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Every year in the U.S. over 400,000 people die from directly smoking or secondhand smoke related complications, making this the leading cause of preventable death in this country. The burden is exponentially higher for Medicaid recipients, who statistically smoke at rates 60 percent higher than the general population.

That's why the De Soto Farmers’ Market, in conjunction with Get Healthy De Soto decided to make the Market Smoke-Free and accessible to all who may have difficulty in an environment with clouds of 4000 chemicals per puff. Besides, do you really want your peppers and tomatoes coated with 50 types of known carcinogens?

(All statistics from the American Lung Association website .)

Please be considerate of others and refrain from smoking at the market.

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