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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Community Tobacco Cessation Partnership
Community Tobacco Cessation Partnership

The Community Tobacco Cessation Partnership provides free trainings for providers on the Best Practice Guidelines in Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence (PDF) as defined by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Organizations within the Partnership serve low income, Medicaid, and uninsured or underinsured communities. These groups have been shown to have the highest prevalence of smoking in King County, yet may have limited access to cessation services. Ongoing support can include technical assistance, and cessation education materials.

The following key strategies are used to reduce the prevalence of tobacco, as well as lessen the health disparities caused by tobacco:

  • Encourage organizational systems to screen for and treat tobacco use
  • Change social norms and cultural environment of clients concerning tobacco use
  • Provide and promote access to treatment
  • Promote the Washington State Quitline
Get involved!

Interested in getting your site involved with the Community Tobacco Cessation Partnership? Become a Site Champ! Learn more about the roles of a site champ and information about our trainings.

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We partner with over 30 community clinics who serve Medicaid, uninsured, underinsured populations. Clinics receive regular BTIS trainings and updates and collectively serve over 100,000 unduplicated patients a year.

Current clinics:

Sexual minority health promotion agencies

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have a disproportionately higher smoking rate for people aged 18-34 compared with the general population -- 43% smoking rate for bisexual and lesbian women and 38% for gay and bisexual men compared with 21% and 25% respectively according to the 2004-2005 BRFSS. The Community Tobacco Cessation Partnership currently supports Gay City with their excellent programs to help their clients quit tobacco, which includes ongoing support groups.

Current partners

Chemical dependency, substance abuse, and mental illness agencies

People living with mental illness or have a history of chemical dependency and substance abuse purchase more than half of the tobacco products sold in the U.S. The Partnership addresses this disparity by engaging with agencies that provide treatment services for mental illness, chemical dependency, and substance abuse.

Current partners:

Homeless service providers

Our partnership with Healthcare for the Homeless Network has been key in building relationships with organizations that reach people who are currently or recently homeless. People who are homeless or living with poverty make up a disproportionate number of the 440,000 U.S. deaths caused by tobacco every year. The tobacco industry has targeted low-income and homeless individuals with an extensive marketing campaign which is exposed on the American Legacy Foundation website.

Current partners:

  • Break Free Alliance
    The goal of Break Free Alliance is to engage key organizations serving low SES populations in tobacco control efforts and to assist them with resource development and assessments, technical assistance, capacity building, and evaluation to prevent and reduce tobacco use in low-income communities.

  • Washington State Quitline
    The Quitline is equipped with staff to handle clients with diverse needs and can provide free support over the phone in which callers can receive advice on designing a quit plan, problem-solve triggers or other obstacles and discuss different types of medication that might be helpful. The Quitline is free to residents of King County and is accessible through their interactive website or by calling 1-800-QUIT NOW for English, and 1-877-2NO-FUME for Spanish.

    Providers: if you have a patient interested in signing up for the Quitline, please complete the Quit Line Fax Referral Form and fax back to the number provided.

  • In Recovery & Tobacco Free
    The Public Health – Seattle & King County Tobacco Prevention Program has partnered with the Mental Health, Chemical Abuse & Dependency Services Division to provide tobacco treatment trainings, resources, and ongoing agency support for providers who work in the field of mental health or chemical dependency.

  • Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
    SCLC aims to increase smoking cessation rates and increase the number of health professionals who help smokers quit. The Center creates partnerships for results with a variety of groups and institutions to develop and implement action plans around smoking cessation. Partnerships with dental hygienists, nurses, pharmacists, emergency physicians, hospitals, labor unions, family physicians, the Veterans Health Administration and myriad other groups all lead toward the same goal: saving lives by increasing cessation rates and cessation interventions.

  • Rx for Change
    Rx for Change is a comprehensive program for training students and licensed clinicians in virtually any health professional field. The goal is to improve both the quantity and quality of tobacco cessation counseling that occurs in clinical practice.

  • Clinical Guidelines for Treating Nicotine Addiction (PowerPoint)
    PowerPoint presentation to train on treating tobacco addiction.