Published on August 17th, 2012 | by Tobacco Free Coalition of Delaware County0
ECI Tobacco Control Forum Planned For 8/27
Health care providers, employers, and community organizations in East Central Indiana will have the opportunity to learn more about tobacco cessation and education on August 27 during the first East Central Indiana Tobacco Control Forum held from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at Open Door Health Services in Muncie, Indiana.
“Over the past six months, I have received over a dozen calls and emails from local providers, businesses, and agencies asking for information on how to help their patients and clients quit smoking,” says Rachel Buckman, coordinator of the Tobacco Free Coalition of Delaware County. “After speaking with other advocates in East Central Indiana, it seemed as though they were getting the same requests for help, too.”
It’s not surprising that those working closely with community members are seeking help from local tobacco control advocates. Smoking rates across East Central Indiana are sky high, with the majority of counties, including Delaware County, sitting with rates higher than both the national and state rates.
“This is a real problem for East Central Indiana and Delaware County. Our lung cancer and heart disease rates are higher than the state average. People are getting sick and want help with quitting before it’s too late,” continues Buckman. “When over 60% of tobacco users want to quit, there needs to be a strong network of individuals who are prepared and educated enough to help. That’s where this training will really help.”
The ECI Tobacco Control Forum will offer a free, one-day training to health care providers, employers, and community organizations. The training will provide information on utilizing the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, the state’s free phone-based cessation counseling program, while informing participants about the current state of tobacco control and how they can get involved to make a difference on tobacco use rates.
Participants will also have the chance to meet advocates from their county and ask questions about what types of programs are currently available.
“While every county offers the Quitline, there are differences in how each county approaches tobacco control and cessation. The Tobacco Free Coalition is working with employers right now to help them put cessation programs in place. In the next three months, we will be focusing on promoting the Quit Now Indiana Contest and the Quit Cold Turkey Contest as part of the Great American Smoke-Out.”
Attendance for the training is limited to the first 75 participants who register. Registration is required and will be open until through August 24. For more information about this free training, contact Ms. Buckman at email@example.com or visit www.tobaccofreedelawarecounty.org to register.