Tobacco Prevention

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program seeks to reduce the number of existing tobacco-users in Wyoming, prevent tobacco initiation among Wyoming youth, and promote smoke-free environments in order to reduce the health consequences of secondhand smoke among all Wyoming citizens.

  

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. Click here to be redirected to the Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program webpage.

 

  

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 joseph.deufemia@wyo.gov.  

Smoke-Free Resources

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 Data and Reports

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Tobacco Information and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Tobacco Control Program Guidelines

 

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) was developed in 1990 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. The YRBS was designed to monitor trends, compare state health risk behaviors to national health risk behaviors and intended for use to plan, evaluate and improve school and community programs. Wyoming began participating in the YRBS survey in 1995. Wyoming students in grades, 6-8 and 9-12 are surveyed in the spring of odd years. The survey is voluntary and completely anonymous.

The YRBS 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.