SPRINGFIELD —Increasing the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes to 21 and adding fluoride to Springfield’s water could be ways to improve health in Springfield and Clark County.
By the numbers
32.4: Percentage of Clark County residents who have had one to five permanent teeth removed because of tooth decay or gum disease.
23: Percentage of Clark County residents who are smokers.
20.6: Percentage of middle school students in Clark County who have already tried a cigarette.
The Springfield News-Sun provides in-depth coverage of important health issues, including recent stories on the 2016 county health rankings and possible changes to Springfield’s trash ordinance.
Healthy Springfield: About this series
Many readers responded to a report late last year that ranked Springfield as the least healthy city in Ohio. That response — including wanting to make a positive difference — prompted the Springfield News-Sun to take a closer look at the community’s health. This year, the News-Sun will dig into the public health issues facing the city, including smoking and school lunch programs and efforts to improve them. In April, the News-Sun will investigate minority health in the community.
More online: For a complete list of task force goals and video from the community health improvement plan meeting, log on to SpringfieldNewsSun.com/healthy-springfield.