The City of Chicago is home to almost 3 million people, many of which possess the habit of smoking tobacco, whether it be traditional cigarettes.This is one of the biggest public health issues that the city of Chicago faces. The big problem with cigarettes is that not only does it affect the health of the consumer, but it also affects the environment and all of the people around them by second hand smoke. More than 16 million people are living with a disease caused by smoking.( CDC) For every person that dies because of smoking, 30 people are living with a smoking-related illness. (CDC) This is very detrimental to the growth and prosperity of the city. “Healthy families are the foundation of healthy communities, which, in turn are the foundation of healthy societies.”(Korten)
Tobacco sales have been on a decline in recent years. This is due to increase in cigarette taxes and the constant battle thatthe City is fighting with Tobacco sellers.By implementing a higher tax, this generates revenue for the city which puts money into after school programs for youth such as Freshman orientation. The City of Chicago is trying to change the legal age to purchase cigarettes to 21. By doing this, they believe that it will protect the youth from picking up a bad habit at a very young age. They are trying to combat tobacco ads that try to target youth by making sure that they are well educated, and always make the right decision to not smoke tobacco.
Another thing that is leading in solutions is making school areas and campuses tobacco free. The City of Chicago has made the use of e cigarettes banned in public places. Many businesses are adapting this culture too. It shows that they care about everyone’s health.
The use of electronic cigarettes has also caused a problem in trying to get rid of tobacco.Many resort to the use of e cigarettes when they are on the course of quitting cigarettes. It gives users the nicotine and physical sensations that their brains desire, while reducing the amount of chemicals and smoke that are caused by the regular cigarette.(PublicHealth.org) The city has launched a new initiative filled with ads and efforts to educate the youth on the healthy choice and teach them about the effects tobacco can have on your body. While e-cigarettes don’t have the same cancer risks as tobacco cigarettes, they are unconfirmed whether they are safe over the long term.