Tobacco use kills more people every year than alcohol abuse, homicide, suicide, illegal drugs, car accidents, fires, and AIDS combined. It is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and Arizona.
Clearly, tobacco use represents one of the largest threats to public health of our time.
With the passage of Proposition 200 in 1994, which added a tax on tobacco products sold in Arizona , there are resources available to all counties in the state for tobacco education. As a result, the Apache County Tobacco Use Prevention Program (ACTUPP) was formed in 1995 to implement a comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation program in Apache County .
The Apache County Tobacco Use Prevention Program is an ongoing program working to reduce tobacco dependence and second hand smoke exposure among Apache County residents through prevention, education and cessation programs.
- The Apache County Tobacco Use Prevention Program is dedicated to providing:
- Multi-seesion prevention programs at public, alternative, charter and private schools.
- Guest speakers and one-time presentations to schools and community based groups.
- Assistance in writing tobacco use policies
- Signs and employee educational materials
- Onsite tobacco cessation services
- Employee wellness information
- Maintenance of two community based adult coalitions
- Tobacco cessation services to Adults, including low cost nicotine replacement therapy and medication
- Attorney General's Arizona Youth Tobacco Program
Education to merchants who sell tobacco products
- Community tobacco prevention and education activities and events
- Training health care providers and community members to conduct brief cessation interventions with tobacco users
Health Care Community:
Healthcare provider education and materials
Training health care providers and community members to conduct brief cessation interventions with tobacco users.