The American Lung Association and the Red Bluff-Tehama Chamber of Commerce today announced the popular Wednesday and Saturday Farmers’ Markets will no longer allow smoking, including vaping and e-cigarette use, anywhere onsite during the events. The move is part of a campaign to protect the community from the dangers of secondhand smoke as public events return.
“The Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with the American Lung Association for the 2021 Market season in efforts to continue promoting no smoking and healthy living at, and through, our Farmers’ Market,” said Jason Bauer, Principal Objectives Coordinator of the Red-Bluff-Tehama Chamber of Commerce.
The smokefree policy will protect all attendees, including young children, from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and vape aerosol. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and it can exacerbate chronic lung conditions including asthma, COPD and others. Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer, heart disease and acute respiratory effects.1 Especially under the continued threat of COVID-19, protecting lung health has never been more important.
“We applaud the leadership of the Red Bluff-Tehama Chamber of Commerce for protecting the health of our community,” said Rexanne Greenstreet, Senior Health Promotions Manager for the American Lung Association. “Our hope is that when community events fully return, all will be smokefree so everyone can be included and protected.”
The Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce’s Certified Farmers’ Market is held in Downtown Red Bluff on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. The Saturday Market by the River is held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. More information about the markets is available Here.
For tips on making your community event smokefree or to take the Lung Association’s public opinion survey visit the Lung Association’s North Valley Webpage . All survey participants receive a $5 gift card.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.