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Grantee Resources and Information

Trainings:

Grants and Contracts
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Community of Practice (CoP)
  • COP Descriptions and Schedule for Fiscal Year 2020
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Orientation modules

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Alaska's Tobacco Quit Line
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Cessation

Prevention Policies

Tobacco is highly addictive and is the leading cause of preventable death. Alaska is making progress in motivating tobacco users to quit—and helping them stay quit.

Tobacco use in all forms is harmful to health and to the economy. Tobacco prevention and control efforts in Alaska should address all forms of tobacco.

The following are resources for developing Tobacco Prevention Policies in Alaska.

  • Alaska Database for Policies on Tobacco (ADAPT) 
    Talking points:
    • Adults
    • Youth Access
  • Examples of Model Polices
  • Youth Engagement

    • Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance​ (ATCA) Teen Ambassadors
      ATCA Teen Ambassadors work with supportive adults from state and local agencies to provide tobacco education and advocacy to tackle tobacco in their communities. Eligibility: Must be an Alaskan resident ages 13-18 years old attending middle or high school. Must be able to commit to a year of service and willing to actively participate in a community engagement activity.

    Smokefree Housing

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    Health Equity

    There have been significant declines in tobacco use for adults for the general population; however, there are identified populations in Alaska that have higher rates of tobacco use and are disproportionately suffer from tobacco related disease and premature death.

    In Alaska, there are significant disparities in tobacco use for Alaska Native people, pregnant women, young adults (18-29), people living with a mental health illness and/or substance use disorder, adults of lower Socioeconomic Status (SES), and youth/adults who identify as LGBTQ.

    Alaska Native people

    Pregnant women

    Behavioral Health Population

    LGBTQ

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    Health Impact Information

    Secondhand Smoke

    The evidence on the health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke is clear. Yet many Alaskans continue to be exposed, which can lead to heart disease, other illnesses and death.

    Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds, including hundreds that are toxic and at least 69 that cause cancer.

    One-hundred percent smokefree environments are the only way to completely protect nonsmokers from the harm of secondhand smoke. Alaskans support smokefree air, and every Alaskan deserves the right to breathe smokefree air. [1]

    Other Tobacco Products

    e-cigarettes

    E-cigarettes—also known as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), e-hookahs, hookah pens, vape pens, vaporizers, e-cigars, e-pipes and JUUL—allow users to inhale a heated aerosol (not just water vapor) containing nicotine and other substances,[4] an activity commonly referred to as “vaping” or in the case of JUUL, “juuling.”

    The high rate of e-cigarette use is a cause for concern since nicotine is a highly addictive substance and may have harmful effects on developing adolescent brains.[2, 3, 4] New data are showing that e-cigarettes have the potential to addict youth to nicotine and increase their uptake of tobacco products.[4]

    Smokeless tobacco

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    Successes

    • Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control Program: Increasing Access to Evidence Based Cessation with Media
    • Statewide Smokefree Workplace Law: The first six months

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    Evaluation Highlights

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    References
    1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease 2010. Available from https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2010/index.htm.
    2. National Youth Tobacco Survey, 2013
    3. National Youth Tobacco Survey, 2014
    4. Leventhal, A.M., et al., Association of Electronic Cigarette Use with Initiation of Combustible Tobacco Product Smoking in Early Adolescence. Jama, 2015. 314(7): p. 700-7.
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