Tobacco Free Environment
||Cardinal Glennon became tobacco-free with a SSM Health Care initiative as of 2004. This means that no tobacco use of any kind (including smoking) is allowed inside or outside the hospital campus. Cardinal Glennon shows commitment to the health and safety of our employees, patients and families by taking action on this major public health issue. |
Tobacco Prevention Program
“Beat the Smokin’ Rap”
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center provides a revolutionary tobacco use prevention program for adolescents, in a partnership with Tobacco-Free St. Louis.
The program, “Beat the Smokin’ Rap,” is hosted by Dr. Anthony Scalzo, a toxicologist and Medical Director of the Missouri Regional Poison Center. Under his alias, “Dr. Tony” raps to area sixth-graders in a language they can understand, and warns them of the health risks and powerful marketing lures of tobacco.
- More than 4,200 adolescents have attended the program since it began in Fall 2000. Missouri's cigarette tax is 17 cents per package, tied with West Virginia, for eighth lowest in the nation. (1)
- Missouri collected $100 million in cigarette tax revenues and $142 million from tobacco settlement revenues in 2001, but none of these funds were used for tobacco use prevention. (2)
- Every state that has significantly raised tobacco taxes experienced increased state revenues and reduced tobacco sales. (3)
- Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, “State Excise Tax Rates & Ranking,” Jan. 16. 2003
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, “Facts on Cigarette Excise Taxes in Missouri, ” July 2002
- Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, “Raising Tobacco Taxes Always Raises State Revenues”