Tobacco Education Project for People with Disabilities

Oregonians with disabilities use tobacco more than Oregonians without disabilities. And yet, people with disabilities are just as likely to want to quit tobacco as people without disabilities . To address this, the Oregon Office on Disability and Health and the Oregon Health Authority's Tobacco Prevention and Education Program are working together on a project called the Tobacco Education Project for People with Disabilities. The project engages Oregon's disability service provider organizations to participate by: 1) developing automatic referral systems to connect staff and clients to the Quit Line; 2) disseminating Oregon Tobacco Quit Line brochures branded for people without disabilities; and/or 3) becoming a tobacco free workplace/campus. 

Project successes:

  • Disseminated a survey to hundreds of Developmental Disability service providers
  • Delivered a state-wide webinar
  • Developmental disability specific SmokeFree Oregon materials
  • Added a "Physical Limitation" question to the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line and
  • Facilitated relationship building among local disability service providers and Tobacco Prevention and Education Programs. There is a Tobacco Prevention and Education Programs program in every Local Health Department and Tribe across the state.
quit smoking logo on wheelchair

For more information:

Angela Weaver, Project Manager, Oregon Office on Disability and Health, 503-494-1205weaverro@ohsu.edu

Hilde Hinkel, MPH, Health Systems Policy Specialist, Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section, 971-673-3182, janet.h.hinkel@state.or.us

Quit Line Materials for People with Disabilities:

Tobacco Education Program Resources

Presentation Title: What’s New in Supporting Oregonians with Disabilities to be Tobacco Free
The Oregon Office on Disability and Health, the Oregon Health Authority’s Tobacco Prevention Program and OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital have partnered to help Oregonians with disabilities be tobacco free. This presentation shares information about the importance of available and accessible tobacco-quit resources and services, along with a strong support network, as being key to successfully quitting tobacco.
Presenters: Angela Weaver of the Oregon Office on Disability and Health, Sarah Wylie of the Oregon Health Authority, and Dr. James Bishara with OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, offered October 22, 2020.
Description: Oregonians with disabilities are more likely to use tobacco than Oregonians without disabilities. And yet, people with disabilities are just as likely to want to quit tobacco as people without disabilities.
The following webinar explains: 1) Oregon’s Quit line’s new “Text to Quit” initiative; 2) the latest research on COVID-19 and smoking; 3) the new SmokeFree Oregon website 4) establishing or enhancing a tobacco free policy; 5) Oregon’s new initiative to allow pharmacies to prescribe cessation medications; 6) promoting insurance-based self-management benefits; and 6) accessing self-management programs during the pandemic.
Overview of the presentation: 
1.      Tobacco related data for Oregonians with and without disabilities;
2.      Latest research on COVID-19 and Smoking;
3.      Successful approaches to encourage people to quit;
4.      Utilizing the Oregon Quit Line, the Text2Quit program and SmokeFree Oregon resources;
5.      Coming soon: Access to free quit smoking medication at pharmacies;
6.      Supporting community based organizations and programs to make referrals to the Oregon Quit Line; and
7.      Accessing Living Well with Chronic Conditions and other self-management programs.
 

Webinar: What’s New in Supporting Oregonians with Disabilities to be Tobacco Free