Jefferson County C.A.R.E. Coalition (Citizens for Action and a Responsible Environment)
The goal of CARE is to support our community/county in creating a sustainable, responsible environment that improves the safety and health of all through the development of an ongoing effort to recognize and constructively address the community’s prevention needs regarding use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Community members are invited to join the CARE coalition. Meetings are the fourth Monday of each month at 4:15pm in the conference room in the basement of the county Annex building.
Tobacco Use Prevention Program
The goal of the Jefferson County Tobacco Use Prevention Program is to reduce disease, disability, and death related to tobacco use by:
- Preventing tobacco use among young people
- Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke
- Eliminating disparities related to tobacco use and its effects among certain population groups
- Promoting quitting among adults and young people
Clean Indoor Air Act
In 2005, the Montana legislature passed the Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA), one of the most important public health policies in state history. Laws like the CIAA reduce heart attack rates by at least 20 percent. They also reduce lung disease, including lung cancer, as well as other debilitating and fatal illnesses, and they protect unborn children and young children from health problems. The law requires all enclosed public places and workplaces to be smokefree and it requires businesses to prominently place smokefree signs on all public entrances. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has adopted rules.
The health benefits of the law are three-fold:
- Patrons and workers alike are protected from the deadly health effects of secondhand smoke exposure
- More people who smoke will try to quit
- Fewer Montana youth will begin smoking
Full implementation of the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) requires all enclosed public places and workplaces, including bars, taverns, and casinos, to be smokefree. We encourage you to learn more about the CIAA here.
Montana Tobacco Quit Line
For help quitting all commercial tobacco products, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.QuitNowMontana.com Montana Tobacco Quit Line Services are:
- Staffed 7 days a week: 5:00 AM to 11 PM, MST with 24 hour voicemail. Please leave us a message and we will call you back!
- A FREE personalized quit plan
- 5 FREE pro-active cessation coaching sessions
- 8 weeks of FREE nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patches or lozenges). Callers who enroll in Quit Line services may be eligible for up to 8 weeks of free NRT. The Quit Line will explain to the caller how and when these medications will be mailed out.
- Chantix at a REDUCED COST ($25 co-pay per month for three months)
- Bupropion at REDUCED COST ($5 co-pay per month for three months)
- FREE educational materials for health care providers as well as friends and families of tobacco users
- A fax referral system for health care providers who have patients that want to quit using tobacco (see provider resources)
If you observe a violation of the Clean Indoor Air Act in any enclosed public place or workplace in Montana, you can report it by completing a violation report form.