The Del Norte County Tobacco Use Prevention Program is a part of the Public Health Branch's prevention team. The program is funded by the California Tobacco Tax Initiative, Prop 99, with program oversight provided by the California Tobacco Control Program. The overall goal of the program is to reduce involuntary exposure to second hand smoke and to educate the public on the dangers of tobacco use.
The program obtains its local objectives from community members and then studies and surveys local tobacco trends to assist in local policy development. Current objectives include limiting the location of new tobacco retailers around schools, parks, and youth centers and facilitating the establishment of smoke free apartment communities. Limiting the location of where one can smoke and obtain cigarettes has proven to limit the number of new smokers and to help those that smoke, quit.
Numerous organizations have adopted smoke free/tobacco free policies to include, but not limited to, the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, the City of Crescent City, the Farmers Market, Family Resource Center, Sutter Coast Hospital and the Del Norte County Wellness Center. Because of these policy adoptions the smoking rate in Del Norte County has seen a decline in the number of people smoking and instead choosing to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you need help in quitting your tobacco addiction, California has established a free telephone helpline services, in multiple languages and age specific. The Helpline has assisted smokers in quitting since 1992. Every month, thousands of Californians call and receive help. When you call the toll-free number, a friendly staff person will offer a choice of services: self-help materials, a referral list of other programs, and one-on-one counseling over the phone. In a research study, those who received telephone counseling were twice as likely to stay quit than those who tried to quit on their own. The California Smokers' Helpline is committed to serving California's diverse population.
For further information please contact Jeff Wolsfeld, at (707) 464-3191 ext. 2831
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