The following actions have been identified by the Injury and Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team and community members as ideas for what can work for our community to make a difference on adult smoking prevalence.
(A) Actions and Approaches Identified by Our Partners These are actions and approaches that our partners think can make a difference on adult smoking prevalence.
- Education in schools, communities, and churches
- Tobacco free policies
- Community involvement and buy-in
- Integrated care
- Media campaigns
- Access for those in the Medicaid gap
- Jail ministry
(B) What is Currently Working in Our Community These are actions and approaches that are currently in place in our community to make a difference on adult smoking prevalence.
(C) Evidence-Based Strategies These are actions and approaches that have been shown to make a difference on adult smoking prevalence.
- Tobacco-free college campuses
- Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies through BRFSS, Policy Tracking
- Work with state and local coalitions to build support for the state to adopt a comprehensive smoke-free law that protects workers in every workplace
- Warn about the dangers of tobacco through media campaigns
- Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship through enforcement of FDA regulations in NC and NCGS 14-313 Youth Tobacco Access Law
The Injury and Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team completed the "Whole Distance Exercise" to begin the prioritization process and select actions to take to address this health priority. The team answered the following questions:
- Result: What quality of life conditions do we want for Jackson County residents?
- Experience: How will we recognize this result in everyday life?
- Indicators: How can we measure these experiences?
- Partners: Who has a role to play in this?
- Current Actions: What are we currently doing to address this?
- What Works to Do Better: How can we make our numbers better?
The Action Team considered all options including those that were no/low cost and off the wall. After reviewing our "Current Actions" and pairing them with "What Works to Do Better", the Action Team selected strategies to implement based on feasibility, impact, and resources.