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Program Goals
Youth Prevention Strategies
Promote Quitting Strategies
Eliminate Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Strategies
Capacity Building Strategies

Resources to Quit Smoking
Smoking Complaints

Contact Information

Program Goals:
Activities provided directly by the Tobacco Prevention Program or by subcontractors of Whatcom County Health Department include the following program goals:

  • Prevent youth from using tobacco.
  • Promote quitting among youth and adults who currently use tobacco.
  • Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).
  • Build capacity to support community-based tobacco control efforts, reduce duplication, and increase effectiveness of existing activities.

Youth Prevention Strategies:
  • Reduce youth access to tobacco through a retailer compliance check program that checks and educates retailers about selling tobacco to minors.
    • Youth between the ages of 14-16 go out with Health Department staff and attempt to purchase cigarettes from randomly selected retailers in the community.

Promote Quitting Strategies:
  • Refer individuals to cessation resources available in the community
  • Promote Washington State Free Quit Line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW to health care providers, agencies, and individuals in the community.
  • Provide training and resources to promote quitting within an agency, business, or community group.

Eliminate Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Strategies:
  • Educate the community about the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
  • Promote public policies that protect the community and individuals from harmful secondhand smoke.
  • Promote smoke-free Whatcom County Parks.
  • Educate about and enforce the Clean Indoor Air Act.

Capacity Building Strategies:
  • Facilitate a community advisory board to gain input from community on priority tobacco issues.
  • Support activities to identify gaps and duplication in community needs and resources.
  • Provide technical assistance and training on tobacco control issues.

Program Contact:

Melissa Morin, Community Health Specialist
Tobacco Prevention Program
360-676-6724, Ext. #32027

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