Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
The tobacco control policy program works with changing tobacco policy both locally and regionally. Policy changes include clean indoor air in all public places, advocating for smoke-free behavioral health and education campuses, raising local tobacco taxes to reduce tobacco consumption and to help prevent minors from using tobacco, modifying the point-of-sale environment to reduce youth exposure to tobacco advertising and advocating for smoke-free outdoor public places. Tobacco prevention and control is also targeting emerging nicotine delivery devices and “smoke-free” tobacco products.
The State of Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control ( TPC) Program has achieved success by implementing an evidence-based comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program, including a tobacco quit line, counter-marketing media and grants to promote tobacco-free policies in community programs, schools and healthcare organizations. These program elements combine to address the 4 goals of the TPC Program:
prevent the initiation of tobacco use among youth;
promote cessation for tobacco users;
eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS); and
identify and eliminate tobacco use disparities.
NCADD participates in the Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Southeast with SEARHC and our sub-grantees the Petersburg Indian Association and Southeast Prevention Services in Ketchikan.
Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU)
TATU is a national, student-led program that recruits and trains high school students to conduct community advocacy work. The TATU Coordinator is responsible for training student-leaders to engage elementary school students while informing them of the dangers inherent in tobacco use. Throughout the school year, TATU’s student-leaders visit all six elementary schools and present our well-regarded pig lung demonstration. Along with several other demonstrations regarding the dangers of tobacco use, the very real pig lungs (one pink and healthy, one blackened by nicotine and tar) are considered particularly effective for young children.