Promoting healthy people and healthy communities through effective cessation efforts, and preventing tobacco use, nicotine addiction and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Tobacco use is the number 1 cause of preventable death in the U.S., with 440,000 deaths per year attributed to smoking. Nearly 1 of every 5 deaths is related to smoking, more than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide, and illegal drugs combined.
FREE Quit Program: SmokefreeTXT
The changing landscape of tobacco products requires continued and strategic efforts to promote tobacco cessation and prevent youth from starting to use tobacco, vaping and nicotine products. Tobacco prevention activities at Jefferson County Public Health utilize a policy, systems, and environmental approach in its efforts and works with many community partners to accomplish its work.
This program is funded by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington State Department of Health and local fund.
Laws, Regulations and Policies
Jefferson County Public Health enforces local ordinance pertaining to where people can smoke.
Report a violation if you witness retailers selling tobacco or vapor products to underage children
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FDA tobacco law)
On June 22, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comprehensive authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco products.
Smoking in public places, Washington state RCW 70.160: Since 2005 RCW 70.16 has protected employees, visitors, patrons and others from second hand smoke by prohibiting smoking in public places and workplaces and requires that smoking occur a minimum reasonable distance of 25 feet from entrances, exits, windows and air intakes to insure that smoke does not enter into buildings.
Owners and persons in charge are responsible for ensuring no employees, clients or patrons are smoking indoors or within 25 feet of any door, exit, window that opens or ventilation intake. Owners must also post “No Smoking Signs” on all entrances to the business.
Quitting tobacco is an individual choice and there isn’t one right way. What works best is what works for you! When you are ready to quit, there are many resources that can help.
There are many ways to quit tobacco and a wide range of resources to help. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), in combination with counseling support, are the best way to quit tobacco.
Some people can quit tobacco by using resources like counseling, group support, or even cold turkey, but depending on how addicted a person is to nicotine, they may benefit from using a patch or gum to quit (nicotine replacement therapy) or medication. Research says that the best way to quit tobacco is to use a combination of NRT and counseling.
·Make an appointment to talk to your doctor about quitting tobacco.
·List of Tobacco/ vaping Cessation Resources
Teens Against Tobacco Use
This group offered tobacco prevention presentations to all the 4th grade and 8th grade science classrooms in Blue Heron Middle school.
These dedicated peer educators have organized TATU presentations for their PTHS senior projects.
Port Townsend High School T.A.T.U.
Port Townsend High School (PTHS) students (left to right): Abbey Noeldechen, Amber Garner, Ashely Goodrich, and Brittani Mellard are the 2012 peer educators for Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU).