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STRATEGY 4 – Change Access & Barriers

Activities within this strategy are intended to improve the accessibility and ease of use (and reduce barriers) of programs, processes and services (e.g., access to cessation programs, childcare, judicial system processing, transportation, housing, education, special needs and cultural and language sensitivity).  Additionally, these strategies can include imposing barriers that make it harder for individuals to engage in illegal or unhealthy behaviors.

These interventions improve the efficiency of systems and services that reduce access to tobacco by youth, support the enforcement of laws and policies, provide access to cessation services  as well as supporting efforts to inform consumers of legal age to purchase on the dangers of long-term tobacco use, and nicotine addiction.

  • Create strategies that support better training and dissemination of tobacco prevention messages among healthcare providers and pharmacists that deliver this information during patient and consumer interactions.
  • Promote the 1-800-QUIT-NOW hotline to companies with employees that work in unconventional work environments or times such as package/mail couriers, police officers, sheriffs, construction workers, etc. to ensure they know their options if they want to quit.
  • Collaborate with local universities and community colleges to distribute “tobacco quit kits,” that include quit tip sheets, information about 1-800-QUIT-NOW, stress relievers and free samples of nicotine replacement patches or gum.
  • Encourage homeowners to prevent tobacco use in and around their homes and neighborhoods by establishing a “tobacco-free home” and “tobacco free park” policies
  • Recruit new partners to become promotional sites, such as local banks and credit unions that can help promote the 1-800-QUIT-NOW hotline.
  • As part of school tobacco policies include assessment and unlimited access to smoking cessation programs and materials
  • Provide tobacco related information in different languages
  • Provide language interpretation / translation for cessation services and classes
  • Provide scholarships and discounts to encourage participation in voluntary retailer training programs, parent training and information sessions and to promote youth involvement in tobacco free strategies and activities
  • Identify potential funders to fund reduced or eliminated co-payments for effective cessation therapies