OODH Tobacco Education Project
The Oregon Office on Disability and Health, and the Oregon Health Authority's Tobacco Prevention and Education Program, are working together on a new and exciting project called the Tobacco Education Project for People with Disabilities. The goal of the project is to reduce the occurrence of tobacco use among both Oregonians with disabilities and the service providers who support and work with them by encouraging disability service providers to participate in the project, in one or more of the following three options: 1) disseminate brochures about tobacco cessation resources; 2) set up a system to make fax referrals to the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line; or 3) become a tobacco free workplace/campus/grounds.
Current achievements include:
- Adding a disability identifier question as one of the intake questions for the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line, "Are you limited in any way in any activities because of physical problems?"
- Developing tobacco cessation materials for people with disabilities, specifically people with developmental disabilities.
- Ensuring that Quit Line staff are trained on appropriate communication with people with disabilities including the use of adaptive technology for the deaf community.
Next steps include:
- Conducting a state-wide survey to disability service provider organizations and determining 1) what types of agencies/organizations are interested in the project, 2) the needs of the agencies who are interested, and 3) the agencies' anticipated level of participation.
- Providing training via a webinar on how to ask people with disabilities about tobacco use, advise them to quit and refer them to cessation resources.
- Disseminating disability specific tobacco cessation brochures and other relevant materials.
- Providing bi-annual outcome reports.