The use of tobacco products remains the nation’s number one cause of preventable death, killing more than 480,000 Americans and nearly 1800 Idahoans each year from direct use and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke (CDC – 2017). The Tobacco Prevention and Control program at Southwest District Health works to build community partnerships resulting in initiatives that reduce people’s exposure to second hand smoke and provides free opportunities for individuals’ to quit tobacco use. Using a comprehensive, multi-strategy approach that incorporates prevention, education, and tobacco cessation the Southwest District Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program focuses on activities which include reducing youth initiation, reducing exposure to second hand smoke, promoting smoking tobacco cessation.
Tobacco Free Policies: Tobacco Free policies prohibit the use of all tobacco containing or tobacco derived products, smokeless tobacco (snuff, chewing tobacco, dip, snus), and alternative nicotine products such as e-cigarettes. SWDH in partnership with Project Filter can help your business or community organization develop a tobacco free policy and access free signs to promote your tobacco free environment.
Tobacco Cessation: Quitting tobacco is the single best thing you can do for your health. Southwest District Health offers free classes to help individuals stop smoking or chewing tobacco. For more information or to register for one of our classes contact: 208-455-5321. You may also access Project Filter to sign-up for the Idaho Quitnet and Quitline tobacco cessation services.
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