Each year in Idaho, more than 1,400 youth under the age of 18 become new daily smokers. 1,500 Idaho adults die every year from their own smoking. Public Health – Idaho North Central district is working to reduce these numbers in Idaho through three main tobacco prevention and control goals:
- Prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth
- Eliminate exposure to environmental tobacco smoke
- Promote tobacco cessation among adults and youth.
Public Health - Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) works with Idaho’s Project Filter to meet these goals by utilizing counter-marketing strategies, school and youth-based programs, policy change, and health care provider education
Reduce Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
Smoke Free Parks and Playgrounds
All seven public health districts in Idaho are working with local municipalities to develop policies that restrict smoking in parks. So far in North Central Idaho, Moscow, Orofino, Potlatch and Pierce have all passed resolutions to discourage smoking near city-owned playgrounds. Many other cities in Idaho and across the country have adopted smoke-free park policies. All cities that adopt a resolution or ordinance related to smoking or tobacco use in parks can receive free metal signs.
Contact our health education specialist at 208-799-3100 for more information.
Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Policies
Public Health – Idaho North Central District will be actively helping communities in North Central Idaho with tobacco/smoke-free policies in any of the following venues: businesses, bars, multi-unit housing complexes, single dwelling units, parks, ski hills, college/university campuses, and community events.
All locations/worksites that implement a tobacco/smoke-free policy can receive free metals signs.
Idaho Quitline Referrals
The Idaho Quitline helps all Idahoans quit tobacco for free. Providers can refer patients to the Quitline via online, fax, and eReferrals. The eReferral system is a secure, one-click referral process to the Idaho Quitline which utilizes an existing electronic medical record (EMR) to send a HIPPA compliant message and patient progress notes to the Idaho Quitline. Patients will receive a call from the Idaho Quitline within 12 hours and providers will be updated with patient progress.