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Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Programs

Cessation Services Resources Observances/Events

Our Goals
Eastern Idaho Public Health 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: quit smoking

  1. Prevent the initiation of tobacco use.
  2. Eliminate exposure to environmental (second-hand) tobacco smoke.
  3. Promote quitting among youth and adults (Pregnant females).
  4. 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?
EIPH 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 EIPH. 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 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.

For More Information
For more information, contact one of the following individuals:

Tobacco Prevention & Education Services, including TATU
Timalee Geisler
Eastern Idaho Public Health
1250 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
E-mail: tgeisler@eiph.idaho.gov

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