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

Webinar: Supporting Oregonians with Disabilities to be Tobacco Free

by Angela Weaver of Oregon Office on Disability and Health, Shira Pope of Oregon  Health Authority, and Alicia Dixon-Ibarra of Special Olympics Oregon, offered November 29, 2017

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. tobacco related data for Oregonians with and without disabilities; 2. establishing or enhancing a tobacco-free policy for your facility or organization; 3. encouraging caregivers to quit; 4. promoting insurance-based self-management benefits to staff and clients; 5. supporting community-based organizations and programs to make referrals to the Oregon Quit Line; 6. accessing Living Well with Chronic Conditions and other self-management programs; and 7. promoting cessation messages throughout your organization.

Transcript for the webinar can be found here.

PowerPoint slides of webinar can be found here

The webinar is captioned.

Presentation Title: Supporting Oregonians with Disabilities to be Tobacco Free

The Oregon Office on Disability and Health, the Oregon Health Authority’s Tobacco Prevention Program and Special Olympics Oregon 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.

Overview of presentation: 

  1. Tobacco related data for Oregonians with and without disabilities;
  2. Establishing or enhancing a tobacco free policy;
  3. Successful approaches to encourage people to quit;
  4. Utilizing the Oregon Quit Line and SmokeFree Oregon resources;
  5. Supporting community based organizations and programs to make referrals to the Oregon Quit Line; and
  6. Accessing Living Well with Chronic Conditions and other self-management programs.

Click here to download pdf slides of this presentation