Education and Prevention:

Tobacco

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.

 

Tobacco Regulations


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E-Cigarettes and Vaporizers

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.

Read the facts about e-cigarettes here.

Youth Opportunities

 

E-cig/Vape Education Workshops

Take a 2-hour workshop to learn more about tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaping and their effects on your health. Classes take place monthly in Olympia, are $40 each and are open to any middle and high school student in Thurston County.

 

Next classes:

May 28, 2014. Sign up here.

June 26, 2014. Sign up here.

 

 

Voices of Youth

Join with other teens to create a project custom-fit for your school, with our support. Click here for more information.

 

 

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.

 

Tutoring

Additional opportunities for involvement are available through many partnerships, including:

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

The Washington State Department of Health

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services

Native American Center for Excellence

South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency

Nisqually tribe

Chehalis tribe

Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Against Tobacco

Washington State Students Against Destructive Decisions coalitions

American Cancer Society

American Lung Association

Local school districts

Local cities

Law enforcement


Tobacco Prevention:

 

TOGETHER!'s Tobacco Cessation Resource Guide for Thurston CountyThe Tobacco Cessation Resource Guide for Thurston County can be viewed and printed. It includes the resources below.

 

 

American Lung Association of Washington

 

Washington State Quit Line
Cessation counseling and referrals
(800) QUIT-NOW

Spanish: (877) 2NO-FUME
www.quitline.com

 

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
www.freeandclear.org

 

Learn how to quit smoking now

 

American Cancer Society

 

Resources for Teens

 

Teens against smoking

 

United Community AIDS Network
Free Individual counseling Contact: Kylen Clayton

(360) 352-2375

www.ucan-wa.org

 

Oasis Youth Center, Tacoma
Queers Kick Ash support group
Free for LGBTQ youth

Contact: (253) 671-2838

oasisyouthcenter.hypermart.net

 

Gay City/Out to Quit, Seattle
Free for LGBTQ individuals
Contact: (206) 860-6969

511 E. Pike St., Seattle
www.gaycity.org

 

Other Resources

 

Korean Women’s Association
Korean-language cessation counseling
Contact: Dr. Soon Han

(253) 535-4202

 

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

(360) 357-5297

Click here for online listing

 

Family Education and Support Services
7-week cessation class
Free, open to all adults
Contact: Gerri Boyer

(360) 754-7629

 

Capital Clubhouse
6-week cessation class
Free, for adults living with mental illness
Contact: Sue Allen

(360) 357-2582

www.capitalclubhouse.org

 

Olympia Union Gospel Mission
Ongoing cessation class/support group
Free for OUGM clients
Contact: Linda Barrett

(360) 943-6400

www.ougm.org