TOGETHER!'s Tobacco Prevention and Education Program supports our vision that all young people in Thurston County communities are supported, healthy, safe and valued.
We and our volunteers work to prevent tobacco abuse and promote quitting through education, advocacy and engagement.
Our program also covers education and prevention of other forms of nicotine, such as e-cigarettes and vaporizers.
Awareness of the problems of tobacco use is the first step in prevention. Our efforts include:
Monthly educational workshops to middle and high school students on tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaporizers.
Scheduling presentations in elementary school classes and in our neighborhood centers taught by youth trained in the TATU curriculum.
Visiting high school health classes to inform about risks of using tobacco.
Letting younger kids learn visually through hands-on displays and activities.
Providing staff and educational materials to community events and health fairs.
Serving on a National Board that advises SAMHSA on substance abuse prevention practices, programs and policies for American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
Monitoring current media and responding to current trends and tobacco issues.
Offering brochures, quit-smoking guides, Quit Kits, and other resources about tobacco and secondhand smoke for anyone to use.
Some promoters have said e-cigarettes are a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes and are a good cessation tool. These are both false statements; e-cigarettes are addictive, unsafe and not recommended to help people quit.
E-cig/Vape Education Workshops
We occasionaly offer 2-hour workshops for any middle and high school students in Thurston County to learn more about tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaping and their effects on your health. During the school year, we run a maximum of one class per month. School officials: Please contact us if you need details on classes.
Peer Health Programs
Teens join with their classmates to create a project custom-fit for their school, with our support. Click here for more information.
Encourage adult leaders Teens, you can encourage adult leaders to respond to emerging and concerning issues in tobacco prevention and education. Speak at your City Council meeting about tobacco-related issues that concern you, or write a Letter to the Editor.
Additional opportunities for involvement are available through many partnerships, including:
Local school districts
The Tobacco Cessation Resource Guide for Thurston County can be viewed and printed. It includes the resources below.
Washington State Quit Line
Cessation counseling and referrals
Spanish: (877) 2NO-FUME
Free and Clear/Group Health
Phone counseling and classes for groups, Spanish language services available. Prices vary upon membership and may include Nicotine Replacement Therapy medication.
Contact: (800) 462-5327
Resources for Teens
United Community AIDS Network
Free Individual counseling Contact: Kylen Clayton
Oasis Youth Center, Tacoma
Queers Kick Ash support group
Free for LGBTQ youth
Contact: (253) 671-2838
Gay City/Out to Quit, Seattle
Free for LGBTQ individuals
Contact: (206) 860-6969
511 E. Pike St., Seattle
Korean Women’s Association
Korean-language cessation counseling
Contact: Dr. Soon Han
Stop-Smoking Classes and Groups
Stop-Smoking Support Group
Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia
Free, meets 7 p.m. Wed. in Cafeteria Gallery
Contact: John Markham
Family Education and Support Services
7-week cessation class
Free, open to all adults
Contact: Gerri Boyer
Olympia Union Gospel Mission
Ongoing cessation class/support group
Free for OUGM clients
Contact: Linda Barrett