World Environmental Health Day Toolkit

World Environmental Health Day on September 26, 2016 GraphicSocial Media Toolkit for Environmental Health Day

World EH Day, September 26, 2016, NEHA will be working with IFEH to engage with the community on the issues of second and third hand tobacco exposure.

This toolkit provides a set of sample social media messages, animations and graphics, key data points and newsletter blurbs that participants and supporters of this campaign can use in their personal and institutional accounts to distribute and amplify messages.

World Environmental Health Day Talking Points

  • September 26, 2016 is World Environmental Health Day to recognize the importance of protecting the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink and play in.
  • People in all communities deserve these basic essentials – safe water, clean air, safe food – to enjoy a healthy life and live up to their full potential.
  • Communities benefit when qualified, trained, and competent environmental health professionals work with health care providers, officials, local leaders, and businesses to educate, monitor, and enforce standards for these critical air, food, and water necessities.
  • EH professionals work with communities to reduce exposure to toxins typically found in tobacco smoke through sampling, enforcement, and education.
  • Support smoke-free policies and the work of environmental health professionals who advocate for healthy communities.
  • Tobacco harms in more ways than one. Children and pets are particularly vulnerable to second and third hand smoke.

Learn More Tobacco and Environmental Health Implications


Social Media Messages 

10 Social Media Posts

  1. It's #WorldEHDay and @NEHAorg is bringing attention to the harmful effects of #ThirdHandSmoke and #SecondHandSmoke
  2. DYK that #ThirdHandSmoke is the residue from nicotine attached to dust & indoor surfaces and is inhaled & absorbed via skin? #WorldEHDay
  3. #ThirdHandSmoke is most dangerous to infants, children & pets, retweet & bring awareness for #WorldEHDay
  4. DYK that #ThirdHandSmoke is the residue from nicotine attached to indoor surfaces & absorbed via skin? #WorldEHDay
  5. DYK: Arsenic, lead, and carbon monoxide are all found in #ThirdHandSmoke
  6. As an EH Professional, you can be proud to help reduce the exposure of chemicals to the public from #ThirdHandSmoke
  7. #WorldEHDay is raising awareness of the negative effects of tobacco use and environmental health
  8. DYK: #SecondHandSmoke causes 41,000 deaths in the U.S. each year? Raise awareness for #WorldEHDay
  9. DYK: That tobacco-related deaths will result in 10-million deaths annually by 2020. #WorldEHDay #ThirdHandSmoke
  10. Smoking is on the decline, there is still work to be done. Thankfully, EH professionals are protecting the public.

Newsletter Blurbs

World EH Day is a way of bringing together the global public and environmental health community to focus on an issue that needs attention and awareness. On September 26, 2016 we are partnering with the International Federation of Environmental Health and the National Environmental Health Association to raise awareness about second and third hand tobacco use as well the way EH professionals deal with tobacco use and exposure to environmental hazards. Check out the links to learn more.

Additional Resources 

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA):

American Public Health Association (APHA)

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Green and Healthy Homes Initiative

CDC in conjunction with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  



World Environmental Health Day on September 26, 2016 Graphic   
World Environmental Health Day on September 26, 2016 Graphic

Inforgraphic: 88 Million Americans exposed to second hand smokeInfographic: 5.6 Million Children will die early because of smoking   

Infographic: 2.5 million have died from second hand smoke
















Infographic on group exposure to second hand smoke