Jeff LaGarce, Hannibal City Manager, explained the purpose behind the Smoke-Free Air Act of 2012 as positive impact on the community’s health.

Lung cancer touches many families nationally and in our local community. The National Cancer Institute reports that lung and airway cancers are the second most common cancers in the United States, behind breast cancers. In Missouri between 2010 – 2014, Marion county had about 33 new cases of lung and airway cancers each year.

Amy Haynes, Director of Communication for the North Region of the American Cancer Society, projects there will be 5750 new cases of lung cancer in Missouri this year, with 3950 lung cancer deaths in Missouri during 2018.

To help prevent lung cancer for yourself and your family, the Mayo Clinic says:

• Don’t smoke, avoid secondhand smoke (smoke from burning tobacco or smoke exhaled by another person), and speak with your children about the dangers of smoking

• Test your home for radon, a gas that can decay and stick to dust particles that are inhaled

• Follow safety procedures at work, such as wearing face masks when working with toxic materials

• Eat a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables

• Exercise at least four days per week

Environmental and community factors can also impact who gets lung cancer.

Jeff LaGarce, Hannibal City Manager, explained the purpose behind the Smoke-Free Air Act of 2012 as positive impact on the community’s health. By prohibiting smoking in all non-residential, enclosed public places, with minor exclusions, residents are protected from exposure to secondhand smoke while they shop, work, and live in Hannibal.

To help make our communities healthier together, we can:

• Create healthier workplaces by making a 100% smoke-free environment and following safety procedures

• Create healthier schools by providing nutritious meals with vegetables and fruits and giving time for physical activity

• Support people coping with cancer as they return to work or school