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Smoke-Free Program Blends Faith and Healthy Lifestyle – A CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Success Story

In South Carolina, one in five adults smokes, and tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death. In addition, 800 South Carolinians die annually from secondhand smoke exposure, and 70% live in an area not covered by smoke-free laws. Tobacco use costs South Carolina more than $1 billion in health care expenses each.

Learn how the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Region 7 Public Health Office partnered with a local nonprofit organization to implement a program that promotes tobacco-free policies in homes, vehicles, and faith-based settings.

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Organization Name: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Region 7
Program Name: 

Mothers Eliminating Secondhand Smoke (M.E.S.S.) program

2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
United States
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s) addressed: 
Healthy People 2020 Objective(s) addressed: 
Healthy People 2020 overarching goal addressed: 
Attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
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