The mission of the Wyoming Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) is to safeguard the health of Wyoming residents by decreasing the burden of death and chronic disease in Wyoming caused by tobacco use. This is accomplished by implementing activities to address the following nationally recognized goals: eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, reduce tobacco initiation among youth, promote cessation programs, and address populations that suffer disparately from the health or economic effects from tobacco.
The majority of activities directed towards the accomplishment of these goals are carried out by community-based prevention programs in all 23 Wyoming counties to include the Wind River Indian Reservation. The TPCP also manages a statewide tobacco cessation program, The Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program (WQTP), that specifically serves Wyoming residents. The WQTP offers free coaching support, free nicotine replacement therapies (patches, gum, lozenges), and financial help for prescription cessation medications to make quit attempts more successful for Wyoming residents.
Wyoming Tobacco Use Among Adults
In Wyoming, 23% of the adult population (ages 18+) are current cigarette smokers and 9.8% are current smokeless tobacco users--that is a combination of over 184,000 individuals. Across all states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranged from 11.8% to 29.0% in 2011. Wyoming ranked 37th among the states. The smokeless tobacco prevalence across all states ranged from 1.4% to 9.8% in 2011. Wyoming ranked 51st among the states for having the highest rate of smokeless tobacco use among adults.
Wyoming Tobacco Use Among Youth
In Wyoming, 22% of the youth population (grades 9-12) are current cigarette smokers and 15.1% are current smokeless tobacco users--that is a combination of over 213,000 Wyoming youth. Across 44 states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among youth ranged from 5.9% to 24.1% in 2011. Wyoming ranked 40th among 44 states. The youth smokeless tobacco prevalence across 40 states ranged from 3.5% to 16.9% in 2011. Wyoming ranked 39th among 40 states.
Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program (WQTP)
If you, or someone you know is interested in quitting tobacco, the Wyoming Department of Health offers many great resources to help! The WQTP recently enhanced the program. In addition to offering free counseling, 24/7 web-based resources, and free nicotine replacement therapy and discount prescription medications, the WQTP now has a program specifically for pregnant women, designed to offer them the best chance for successfully quitting tobacco, both during and after pregnancy. The program also now has a FitLogix®, healthy lifestyle program. This program is offered to clients who would like help improving their nutrition and physical activity, also.
To download a printable WQTP brochure and learn more, click here. You can also go directly to www.quitwyo.org or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to enroll in the program!
Smoke-Free Restaurants, Lounges, Hotels, and Conference Facilities
Smoke-Free lists by County
For a complete list of 100% smoke-free restaurants and lounges in Wyoming, click here.
For a complete list of 100% smoke-free hotels and conference facilities, click here.
To Nominate a Smoke-Free Restaurant
Contact Joe D'Eufemia, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Manager, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to learn more about the guidelines required for becoming a smoke-free restaurant, click here. To read some of the many benefits of becoming a smoke-free restaurant, click here. Finally, to read some comments from existing restaurant owners who went smoke-free, click here.
Tobacco Prevention Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Tobacco Information and PreventionCenters for Disease Control and Prevention: Tobacco Control Program Guidelines
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
The YRBSS monitors risk behaviors that are often established during childhood and early adolescence and result in unintentional and intentional injuries. The risk categories monitored through the survey include: Tobacco Use, Unhealthy Dietary Behaviors, Physical Inactivity, Alcohol & Other Drug Use, Sexual Behavior/STD’s/HIV/AIDS/Unintended Pregnancies and Violence/Injury. Click here to visit the Wyoming YRBSS website.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
The BRFSS collects data from randomly selected non-institutionalized adults age 18 and older, through monthly telephone surveys. All 50 states currently conduct the survey, with the collaboration and support of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently Wyoming conducts about 6,000 telephone interviews each year. Final yearly data are weighted by CDC to account for different probabilities of selection and to be representative of the total adult Wyoming population by gender and age group. Click here to visit the Wyoming BRFSS website to obtain Wyoming-specific tobacco data.
Wyoming Vital Statistics Service (VSS)
The Wyoming VSS office has data on maternal smoking rates, low birth weight babies, and causes of death, which include tobacco-related factors. Click here to visit the VSS website to view annual summaries as well as detailed county-level data.