STRATEGY 3 – Provide Support
This strategy emphasizes the role of the coalition in ensuring that people and organizations have sufficient information and resources to engage in tobacco prevention and cessation strategies and activities.
This involves providing resources, reinforcement and encouragement for coalition members, community partners and other organizations engaged in implementing tobacco prevention and cessation strategies. The coalition can support can include activities that provide education, build public awareness alternative activities, mentoring, referrals for services, support groups, youth clubs, parenting groups, tobacco cessation groups and tobacco retail sales enforcement activities.
- Support and encourage the community to participate in local Kick Butts Day activities. Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.
- Create and support mentoring peer group initiatives and activities, including tobacco cessation programs.
- Establish and support the implementation of 24/7 tobacco-free policies on school campuses, libraries and recreational plazas that provide services for youth.
- Work with School District Curriculum Directors to access NREPP database to find developmentally appropriate school curricula (over 30 evidence based curricula are identified on NREPP www.nrepp/samhsa.gov).
- Create, post and disseminate regularly-updated support group meeting listings and local tobacco cessation program openings.
- Establish and support the implementation of tobacco-free workplace policies including posting visible signage and making the policy easily available to employees and visitors (include a copy of the policy for all employees, contractors, consultants to sign with other human resources paperwork).
- Collaborate with the local healthcare associations in supporting the promotion of the 1-800-QUIT-NOW hotline and other cessation messages on prescription pads.
- Establish relationships with treatment programs that address tobacco prevention and cessation, and identify strategies on how to work together, including concrete referral strategies and promotion of the 1-800-QUIT-NOW hotline.
- Support youth and health related organizations to write tobacco grants by providing data, consultation on strategies and grant writing assistance.
- Support youth activity providers (e.g. schools, Little League, soccer, arts programs) to establish a tobacco-free lifestyle pledge by providing information about pledges, pledge sign-up forms and incentives to those who sign the pledge.
- Develop handouts targeting youth and parents that can be provided by health care providers, teachers, youth workers, PTA’s adult and youth sports and activities organizers, etc.
- Provide a list of links to websites promoting tobacco prevention and cessation resources that organizations can include on their websites and in their electronic and paper communications.
- Collaborate with the local medical schools and other healthcare training institutions, law enforcement and emergency response departments and hospitals and clinics to ensure that tobacco use prevention is on their radar. If requested, craft and deliver targeted, train-the-trainer, tobacco prevention/intervention modules. In particular, promote physician training on proper quit and cessation strategies.
- Work with VA Hospitals and Clinics to ensure smoking cessation programs are available for all active and retired members of the military.
- Support the creation and implementation ongoing educational efforts provided by schools, churches, health clinics, service agencies, employers and others by providing relevant information to the curriculum providers about how to contact local prevention and cessation resources.
Encourage parents and daycare centers to adopt a tobacco-free policy at home and at the daycare center to reduce second and third-hand smoke exposure.