Tobacco Prevention

 
 
The Mid Ohio Valley Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention Program is funded by the WV Division of Tobacco Prevention through a grant from the CDC and WV’s Master Settlement monies.

Jamie Jacobsen, the Regional Tobacco Prevention Coalition Coordinator, works in the six county region.               Program includes:

Maintaining local tobacco prevention coalitions/youth groups
Each county has a coalition of local citizens, business owners, and civic groups, as well as regional agency representatives that work on tobacco education geared to their specific communities. They plan activities for “Great American Smoke Out” and “Thru with Chew” but are also concerned with educating parents about the effects of secondhand smoke and preventing youth from starting the use of tobacco. Your participation would be welcomed. Each person can give as much or as little of their time as they wish.

Providing cessation opportunities in the communities
The American Lung Association’s “Freedom from Smoking” and the American Cancer Society’s “Fresh Start” are offered by the Mid Ohio Valley Health Department. Call Jamie at (304) 485-7374 or jamie.r.jacobsen@wv.gov for more information about tobacco cessation.

Assisting businesses/organizations with smoke free policies/education
If your business would like to create a smoke free policy with a smooth transition, the resources are available. Also if you are a physician’s office or health care facility that would like more information about including tobacco education in your health assessment, call Jamie at 304-485-7374 or jamie.r.jacobsen@wv.gov  for other sources of information.

Secondhand smoke education
Secondhand smoke is the third leading preventable cause of death in America and is a factor in many childhood diseases, cancers and heart disease. To schedule a presentation for your organization on secondhand smoke, call Jamie at 304-485-7374 or jamie.r.jacobsen@wv.gov . For other sources of information, Click on the link below.

 

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