TOGETHER!'s Tobacco Prevention and Education Program supports our vision that all young people in Thurston County communities are supported, healthy, safe and valued.
The Tobacco Prevention and Education Program mobilizes our community to prevent tobacco abuse and promote quitting through awareness, advocacy and action.
Awareness of the problems of tobacco use is the first step in prevention. Our awareness efforts include:
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.
Supporting community events and health fairs with staff and educational materials.
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 respond to awareness opportunities in a timely manner.
Maintaining resources about tobacco and secondhand smoke for community 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.
High school students can take the American Lung Association’s Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) curriculum and then present at elementary school classes and in our neighborhoods centers.
Join our youth teams to clean up tobacco trash at local parks/ properties.
Youth action teams promote prevention and cessation messages at concerts, sporting events and community/ cultural events.
Help the American Cancer Society to wrap and deliver daffodils for hospital patients.
Mobilize community partners to respond to emerging and concerning issues in tobacco prevention and education.
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.
Free to members, non-members $375, includes
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
6-week cessation class
Free, for adults living with mental illness
Contact: Sue Allen
Olympia Union Gospel Mission
Ongoing cessation class/support group
Free for OUGM clients
Contact: Linda Barrett