Tobacco Prevention

TOBACCO PREVENTION PROGRAM

prinfoHISTORY
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tobacco Prevention Program was established in 2000 and is funded through cooperative agreements with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Oklahoma State Department of Health and Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tobacco Taxes.

SERVICES PROVIDED
Coordinate commercial tobacco control activities throughout the Tribe including:

  • Reduce commercial tobacco use and abuse among American Indians in the Tribal jurisdiction.
  • Decrease or eliminate exposure to commercial secondhand smoke
  • Promote commercial tobacco cessation.
  • Prevent youth initiation to commercial tobacco use
  • Provide educational presentations to schools, communities and other groups.
  • Assist communities to establish tobacco policies.
  • Train health care providers on tobacco intervention and documentation.
  • Train Second Wind smoking cessation class facilitators to teach cessation classes for those who want to stop smoking.
  • Coordinate with the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (1-800-Quit-Now) to inform people about the availability of on-line cessation services, including nicotine replacement patches and gum.

 

COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND INFORMATION

 

SWAT

Through the Oklahoma State Department of Health the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tobacco Prevention Program is able to assist in starting SWAT groups within the tribal boundaries at schools and communities. SWAT is a statewide youth movement against tobacco in Oklahoma. SWAT stands for Students Working Against Tobacco.

SWAT Mission
To empower and bring together youth to resist and expose Commercial Tobacco’s lies.

 

Youth Empowerment
SWAT is a youth-led, youth-driven movement that empowers teens to stand up, speak out, and take action against the tobacco industry.

 

SWAT Teams
SWAT teams are part of the statewide program and collaborate with their adult partner and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tobacco Prevention Program representative.

 

Adult Partners
Adult partners serve as team trainers, mentors, and coaches.

 

For more tobacco facts and news regarding SWAT visit the following website at http://www.ok.gov/okswat/

For SWAT related questions or information, please call (918) 756-6231 or (918) 756-9343.

QUIT LINE

Under the Oklahoma Sate Department of Health the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tobacco Prevention Program is able to help individuals receive additional resources by recommending them to call the Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW).

 

When and individual calls the Quit Line they will receive help in creating an easy-to-follow Quitting Plan. To make the program more easily accessed anybody may enroll online at https://www.quitnow.net/oklahoma/.There is no cost to enroll for eligible participants. Resources that will be available to participants are:

 

Quitting Aids
Participants will receive help on what type, dose and duration of nicotine substitute or other medication that is right for them and also receive education on how to use it. If it is also a part of a participants personal Quitting Plan they may receive FREE nicotine replacement therapy products such as gum or patches.
Quit Guide
Participants will receive an easy-to-use workbook so they can reference to in any situation to help them stick with their Quitting Plan.

 

Quit Coach

Each participant will have expert support and assistance whenever it is needed, over the phone with Coaches who specialize in helping people quit tobacco.

 

Web Coach

When accessing the program online participants will have access to a private, online community where activities can be done, watch helpful videos, track their progress, and join in discussions with other participants in the program.

 

To get started, Enroll Online or call 1-800-QUITNOW (1.800.784.8669).

 

Centers for Disease Control

Through the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tobacco Prevention Program is awarded a five year federally funded grant that enables the program to serve all Alaskan and Native Americans in Oklahoma. In addition to the grant the MCN TPP is to meet the mission of CDC while obtaining guidance and assistance from them to meet the programs individual goals and objectives. Other educational resources available through the CDC is the 50th Surgeon General Report and Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

 

Surgeon General Report

Is a comprehensive report that chronicles the devastating consequences of 50 years of tobacco use in the United States. The report updates data on the numerous health effects resulting from smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke and details public health trends, both favorable and unfavorable, in tobacco use. There is additional educational information in the report and is available to anyone for free downloading at 2014 Surgeon General’s Report.

 

Tips From Former Smokers campaign

In 2012, CDC launched the Tips From Former Smokers campaign. The Tips campaign focused on people with health problems caused by smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. Ads specifically developed for American Indians and Alaska Natives feature Michael and Nathan. These ads focus on their desire to lead a full life and be with family and friends as much as possible, despite their smoking-related health problems. Cigarette smoking is more common among American Indians and Alaska Natives than most other racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Smoking cigarettes increases the chances of losing members of your tribe to smoking-related illnesses and losing elders to smoking-related diseases before they can hand down tribal customs and traditions.

 

For more information about the Tips campaign and resources for quitting smoking, visit CDC.gov/tips.

 

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health, Tobacco Policies

 

These policies apply to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health (MCNDH) and are available to all (MCNDH) employees via policy manager.

 

Tobacco/Nicotine Free Environment Policy

 

Effective as of September 9th, 2013.

The purpose of this policy is to provide the guidelines by which a safe and healthy working environment exist and to promote the health and wellbeing of employees and all persons visiting the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health owned or occupied properties.

 

3rd Hand Smoke Policy

 

Effective as of April 1st, 2015.

The purpose of this policy is to limit and when possible, eliminate MCNDH’s patients from exposure to tobacco smoke.

 

 

Baby & Me-Tobacco Free

 

 

Through Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tobacco Prevention the Baby & Me-Tobacco Free Program is a smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and post partum population. The program uses a unique approach, combining cessation support specific to pregnant women. The program offers practical incentives, supports low-socio-economic groups, implements motivational interviewing skills and monitors success.

 

 

Pregnant women who are enrolled will participate in four prenatal cessation counseling sessions, quit support education and carbon monoxide (CO) testing. After the birth of the baby, the mother will then return every month for 12 months postpartum, to continue CO monitoring and, if smoke-free, she receives a $25 voucher for diapers. The mother may use the voucher for any brand or size of diapers at Wal-Mart Stores.

 

The MCNDH Tobacco Prevention Program is pleased to offer the new services to any pregnant female with proof of tribal affiliation and living within the Muscogee (Creek) boundaries. The pregnant female must be a current or recent smoker up to the day of acknowledgement of pregnancy within the first or second trimester.

 

The MCNDH Tobacco Prevention Program will begin enrollment for the BABY & ME – Tobacco Free program on January 5, 2015.

 

Upcoming Events and Helpful Information

Tobacco/Nicotine Awareness Walk TBA

 

EMPLOYEES
The Tobacco Prevention program is staffed with five employees at the Okmulgee office.

Lisa Williams-Administrative Assistant
Bobbie Coon-Tribal Liaison
Daniel Littlebear-Program Coordinator
Arlene Davis-Program Specialist
Carla Feathers-Program Manager

 

MISSION

To eliminate commercial tobacco abuse for all Oklahoma Native Americans and to educate the younger generation about the difference between traditional tobacco use and commercial tobacco abuse.

Tobacco Prevention Program
1201 S. Belmont, STE 105
Okmulgee, OK 74447
Phone: (918) 756-6231 or (918) 756-9343 | Fax: (918) 756-9354