Tobacco Prevention & Control
ANTHC’s Tobacco Prevention and Control program works to reduce tobacco use among Alaska Native people.
The program works with partners across the state and within the Alaska Tribal Health System to offer training and technical assistance to tobacco prevention programs. Program services for partners include: assistance on improving tobacco treatment protocols in health care settings; distribution of tobacco prevention education resources; rural community assistance to promote and implement interventions to curb tobacco use; and advocacy for statewide tobacco prevention efforts.
The program also provides free tobacco dependence treatment to ANTHC employees and patients of the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC).
Training for Community Tobacco Treatment Specialists
Each fall, the Tobacco Prevention and Control program offers Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) training for health professionals interested in becoming Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists. This training teaches the necessary skills to provide comprehensive tobacco treatment for those ready to quit tobacco.
ANTHC’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training is the only training in Alaska accredited by the national Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence. It is available for physicians, nurses, community health aides, counselors and other health professionals to address the clinical and behavior barriers to quitting tobacco.
If you would like a tailored training for your facility, please contact the Tobacco Prevention Program.
Tobacco Cessation Services
The Tobacco Prevention program also offers free tobacco cessation services to ANTHC employees and patients of the Alaska Native Medical Center. To enroll in the program call (907) 729-4343.
Participants can receive counseling (in person or over the phone) from a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and information on nicotine replacement therapy options available such as nicotine patches, gum and lozenges, or Chantix/Zyban (Note: these medications require prescriptions from a medical provider). Counseling, NRT and medication refills are provided for up to one year and there is no limit to how many times you may access services.
For those outside of the Alaska Native Health System, the Alaska Tobacco Quit Line offers tobacco cessation services including one-on-one coaching and nicotine replacement therapy. To enroll, call 1-800-784-8669 (QUIT NOW) or visit www.alaskaquitline.com.
Materials & Resources
To order patient education materials from ANTHC please complete the Tobacco Educational Materials Order Form.
For more resources go to the following sites:
The State of Alaska, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
The Alaska Tobacco Quit Line
American Cancer Society