Wolf Point Herald

Annual Plan Approved For Regional Tobacco Prevention Coalition

The Tobacco Prevention Coalition of Northeast Montana’s annual action plan for the coming year was approved by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Tobacco Use Prevention Program.

The annual action plan addresses the public health crisis caused by all forms of commercial tobacco products. The coalition’s plan is directed towards reducing the disease, disability and death related to tobacco use.

This community-based program concentrates on the four goals as set forth by the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program.

The four goals include: (1) Building community-level capacity for tobacco prevention work; (2) Preventing local youth from beginning a lifetime of addiction to tobacco products; (3) Eliminating exposure to the hazardous effects of secondhand smoke and actively supporting the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act of 2005; and (4) Eliminating disparities related to tobacco use and its effects among certain population groups such as women of childbearing age, Native Americans and low-income residents.

The Regional Tobacco Prevention Coalition serves the residents of Daniels and Roosevelt counties and the Fort Peck Tribes. Any community member or organization is invited to be a member or to be on the coalition mailing list. Planning meetings will be held quarterly with the next meeting planned for Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roosevelt County Conference Room at 124 Custer St. in Wolf Point. Lunch will be provided. If you would like an agenda, a copy of the work plan or to be placed on the mailing list, contact Bev Azure, coordinator, at 653-6212.

Montana has a toll-free tobacco quit line available at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or at www.tobaccofree.mt.gov. Quit line coaches are trained to assist in the quitting effort and have training tailored toward Native American sacred practices. Support materials and sessions are provided free by the quit line.

Further information, materials and assistance for tobacco prevention planning may be obtained from health departments and tobacco prevention coalition staff: in Daniels County, Mary Nyhus at 783-5366; in Roosevelt County, Bev Azure at 653-6212 and Bonnie Wemmer at 653-6223; and Fort Peck Tribal Tobacco Prevention, Brett Mudgett at 768-7919.