Tobacco

Health Aroostook Tobacco Program

The Healthy Aroostook staff works in Central and Southern Aroostook County to address the tobacco challenges through prevention, education, and policy and environmental change.  We partner with local schools, community organizations, worksites, child care facilities, health care providers, social service providers, and municipalities to assess tobacco related-needs and provide necessary resources.  A few tobacco-related projects that we’ve been involved in are:

  • Providing education to students on the harmful effects of tobacco use.
  • Working with worksites to make policy changes that protect employees from secondhand smoke and also to provide resources for employees that wish to quit.
  • Educating child care staff members and parents through on site training and educational packets, respectively.
  • Educating community members and worksites on new laws and regulations.
  • Assisting municipalities in implementing tobacco free parks and playing fields.
  • Providing resources to landlords on the benefits of tobacco-free rental properties.
  • Working with retailers to decrease tobacco-related advertising and underage sales.
  • Advocating for stronger tobacco prevention efforts and policies.Health Aroostook Tobacco Program
  • Promoting the Maine Tobacco Helpline (800) 207-1230.


The Tobacco Challenges

  • Tobacco is the most preventable cause of death and disease, killing about 2,500 people in Maine every year and nearly 430,000 people in the United States.[1]
  • Nearly 25% of 11th and 12th graders in Aroostook County used cigarettes within the last 30 days.[2]
  • Between 2001 and 2005, there were 323 deaths from lung cancer, 1614 deaths from cardiovascular disease, and 249 deaths from chronic lower respiratory disease in Aroostook County.[3]
*Rates represent deaths per 100,000 population and are based on the underlying cause.

Healthy Aroostook Tobacco Cigarettes Chart

Healthy Aroostook Tobacco Cigarettes Chart

 

[1] Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
[2] Maine Youth Drug and Alcohol Use Survey, 2006
[3] Department of Health and Human Services, May 2008

If you would like to request more information on tobacco, please contact us at (207) 551-4129.