"No Tobacco Day" make steps to tobacco free military base
CAMP ZAMA, Japan (July 30, 2015) -- The "No Tobacco Day" campaign was held July 24 in support of U.S. Army Medical Department Activities-Japan and the Camp Zama Army Wellness Center, at the Camp Zama Main Exchange parking lot.
Jana York, heath promotion educator of MEDDAC-Japan, explained that "No Tobacco Day" was set up as a challenge for the community to "try for one day not to smoke."
"This is the first time we've ever done this event," continued York.
A goody bag containing a bottle of water, informational fliers, a pedometer, stress balls and other items were handed out to the community members, "to empower people to recognize that they don't need tobacco," said Stephanie Dean, director of the Camp Zama AWC.
York said by giving community members products that have a messages on them, the messages are "not just right here at the (Post Exchange), but filters out into the community."
A staff member at the event, Capt. Michael Swayze, assigned to MEDDAC-Japan, explained the purpose of the event is to "lead the way to tobacco free campus."
Two summer hires from Zama American High School, Matthew Muravez, 16, and Bryan Agustin, 17, also supported the event to inform community members of the effects of tobacco.
Muraves stated that he learned that smoking decreases your life.
"My grandfather died from smoking; lung cancer," Augtsin said supporting Muraves's comment.
"It is not just about healthy lifestyles," Dean explained, "one ultimate reason that has absolutely nothing to do with health is the monetary value of not smoking."
"Smoking a half pack a day costs you about $3 a day to smoke," said Dean. In a month that costs you $90, and in a year it costs $4,680."
"That's a vacation," Dean said while showing the simple math. "You just earned yourself a vacation by not smoking for a year!"
Swayze said that MEDDAC-Japan and the Camp Zama AWC are two great assets that community members can rely on at Camp Zama.
"We are a medical unit. It is our responsibility to try to encourage healthy behaviors," said York.
Dean said that AWC offers tobacco education on how tobacco impact lives in various aspects and stress management programs through bio feedback.
"MEDDAC-Japan is going to set the standard," stated York. "In the near future there will be 'tobacco-free' zones," she continued, "and no one will be able to use tobacco; any form of tobacco, around the health clinic in the zones we (designate)."
York concluded by saying, Camp Zama could be a tobacco free military base in a possible future.