Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Programs
Eastern Idaho Public Health District is working to reduce the number of tobacco-related deaths in Idaho through four main tobacco prevention and control goals that have been developed by National Tobacco Prevention Program:
- Prevent the initiation of tobacco use.
- Eliminate exposure to environmental (second-hand) tobacco smoke.
- Promote quitting among youth and adults (Pregnant females).
- Identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities among population groups.
The health district's tobacco prevention and control program works with Idaho Project Filter to raise awareness utilizing counter-marketing strategies, healthcare provider education, youth-based programs, policy changes, and partnerships with local coalitions and community groups that address tobacco issues.
Want to Quit Using Tobacco Products?
EIPHD offers FREE tobacco cessation counseling to anyone who uses tobacco products and is interested in quitting. Click on the "Tobacco Cessation" tab above to learn more.
Reducing Exposure to Environmental Tobacco (Secondhand) Smoke
In 2006 The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General was published (see full report). After analyzing the multitude of studies that explored the health risks associated with secondhand smoke, he concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. He declared: "The Debate is over. The science is clear: Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance, but a serious health hazard."
Secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and in adults who do not smoke. Children are more likely to have lung problems, ear infections, and severe asthma from being around smoke. Secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer. Eliminating nonsmokers’ exposure to secondhand smoke is an important goal of EIPHD. One way to achieve this goal is through policy change. Employers are encouraged to adopt policies that make all indoor places smoke-free and to not allow smoking near doorways and entrances. Eastern Idaho Public Health District enacted a Tobacco Free Campus Policy in 2009. Our staff has assisted numerous employers with their policy development and implementation. Please contact us if your business is interested in adopting a policy to decrease secondhand smoke exposure.
Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU)
TATU is a youth empowerment program that teaches teens to fight back against tobacco use. The overall goal of TATU is to help youth remain tobacco free. Teens are taught the dangers of tobacco use, and in turn develop tobacco prevention messages that are presented to younger children. Teens as teachers and role-models are effective in preventing tobacco use among the students that look up to them. If your school or student organization is interested in participating in TATU, please contact us. Read the Teens Against Tobacco Use brochure for more information.
For More Information
For more information, contact one of the following individuals:
Tobacco Cessation & Education Services, including TATU
Eastern Idaho Public Health District
1250 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
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