What is the Tobacco Education program?
- Helps people reduce or quit their tobacco use.
- Provides tobacco education in school classrooms and in community settings.
- Provides worksite wellness presentations on tobacco and other health topics.
Why is it needed?
Tobacco use kills over 430,000 people every year, which is more than alcohol abuse, homicide, suicide, illegal drugs, car accidents, fires, and AIDS combined, and is the leading cause of preventable death in Yavapai County.
Who is eligible?
All Yavapai County residents and businesses can benefit from this free program.
Is there a cost?
No, there are no individual costs. Arizona Department of Health Services funds this program with proceeds from tobacco taxes.
What are the goals of the program?
- Provide tobacco education lessons to children in grades 4 through 8.
- Provide worksite wellness presentations to encourage healthier behaviors at work.
- Provide quit smoking classes in the Prescott area for anyone thinking of quitting tobacco (see the Tobacco Education Cessation Schedule for the latest classes).
- Encourage Yavapai County residents to go online to http://www.ashline.org/to find:
- Helpful tips and resources to delay and quit smoking or chewing tobacco
- The financial costs of smoking or using tobacco
- Information for nonsmokers and healthcare providers
- Facts about the harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke
What has the program achieved?
- The program has provided over 15 years of successful state-funded tobacco cessation classes offered throughout the county.
- Thousands of Yavapai County children have received brief and intensive tobacco education lessons, encouraging them to be tobacco free.
- Health educators reach out to people and help them learn more about the dangers of tobacco.
Who can I contact for more information?
Contact Community Health Education
Click here for a list of upcoming FREE Smoking Cessation classes
Arizona Smoker’s Helpline
- The California Environmental Protection Agency (2005) estimates that secondhand smoke exposure causes approximately 3,400 lung cancer deaths and 22,700–69,600 heart disease deaths annually among adult nonsmokers in the United States.
- On average, adults who smoke cigarettes die 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2002)
- More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. (CDC, 2005; McGinnis, J. & Foege, W.H., 1993)
- Smoking causes more than $167 billion in annual health-related economic costs, including adult death-related productivity costs, adult medical expenditures, and medical expenditures for newborns. (Cancer Facts and Figures 2008)
- The younger you are when you begin to smoke, the more likely you are to be an adult smoker. Almost 90 percent of adult smokers started at or before the age 19. People who start smoking at younger ages are more likely to develop long-term nicotine addiction than people who start later in life. (American Cancer Society)
- There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. Neither ventilation nor filtration, even in combination, can reduce the exposure indoors to levels that are considered acceptable. Only 100 percent smoke-free environments provide effective protection. (World Health Organization)