Disparity Networks

The prevalence of tobacco use varies significantly among different population groups in Utah. Work remains to ensure that all population groups decrease their tobacco use rates. Characteristics such as race, ethnicity, geographic location, income and education level, gender, and sexual orientation correlate with persistent tobacco and health issues. Among racial and ethnic groups, cigarette smoking prevalence is highest in Native American and African American communities. Smoking rates among members of Utah’s LGBTQ community, among Medicaid and mental health clients are significantly higher than the state average of 9.5% (BRFSS 2014).

With Utah’s low smoking rates, identifying populations at increased risk and reducing tobacco related disparities is critical. The Utah Department of Health, Tobacco Prevention and Control group works in partnership with local community based organizations to decrease tobacco use in targeted communities who face adversity and inequality.

Disparity Networks

The prevalence of tobacco use varies significantly among different population groups in Utah. Work remains to ensure that all population groups decrease their tobacco use rates. Characteristics such as race, ethnicity, geographic location, income and education level, gender, and sexual orientation correlate with persistent tobacco and health issues. Among racial and ethnic groups, cigarette smoking prevalence is highest in Native American and African American communities. Smoking rates among members of Utah’s LGBTQ community, among Medicaid and mental health clients are significantly higher than the state average of 9.5% (BRFSS 2014).

With Utah’s low smoking rates, identifying populations at increased risk and reducing tobacco related disparities is critical. The Utah Department of Health, Tobacco Prevention and Control group works in partnership with local community based organizations to decrease tobacco use in targeted communities who face adversity and inequality.


The community organizations we currently work with are:

  • Centro Hispano - Serving the needs of the Hispanic community.
  • Comunidades Unidas - Serving the needs of the Latino community.
  • Project Success Coalition - Serving the needs of the African American community.
  • The Queen Center - Serving the needs of the Pacific Islander community
  • Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake - Serving American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.
  • Utah School Resource Guide

    Schools are in a powerful position of influence over the students they serve and can play a major role in reducing the rate of tobacco use among youth. Research suggests that when consistently enforced, tobacco-free school policies are an essential part of lowering teen smoking rates. Most Utah schools have policies that comply with the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act (UICAA) by prohibiting tobacco use anywhere on campus.

    However, a comprehensive policy goes beyond simple compliance by supporting safe schools, promoting clean air, and creating an environment where students are encouraged to make healthy choices.

    This guide is designed to help Utah schools and districts through the process of incorporating recommendations from the CDC’s “Guidelines for School Health Programs to Prevent Tobacco Use and Addiction.”

    Click on the image below to access the guide.

    Prevention or Policy Violation Resource:

    ASPIRE

    ASPIRE is a free, bilingual, online tobacco prevention and cessation curriculum for teens. It was developed by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The interactive tool explains the dangers of tobacco and nicotine use, so teens never use tobacco products. Or, if they already do, ASPIRE provides information and ways to quit.

    All Utah schools and peer courts can access ASPIRE under a memorandum of understanding with MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Utah Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Contact your local health department for more information or to enroll your school or contact Julie Christie.
    jchristie@utah.gov
    801-538-6883

    ASPIRE is one option for evidence-based prevention education programs. Some local health departments may have additional programs.

    TOBACCO PREVENTION TOOLKIT

    The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit is a new, theory-based and evidence-informed educational resource that can be adapted to fit the individual needs of educators and students in all types of settings, including elementary, middle and high schools; community-based organizations; and health-related agencies. This Toolkit contains a set of modules focused on e-cigarettes and vapes, messages on nicotine addiction, information and resources concerning positive youth development. For more information visit med.stanford.edu/tobaccopreventiontoolkit.html

    Cessation Resources:

    My Life, My Quit

    The My Life, My Quit program is for young people age 12 to 17 who want help quitting all forms of tobacco, including vaping. It’s free. Parental consent is required and collected by the program.

    My Life, My Quit Coaches help youth:

    • Develop a quit plan
    • Cope with stress
    • Learn about nicotine
    • Get ongoing support

    Text or call 855-891-9989

    For more information go to www.mylifemyquit.com

    SMOKEFREE TEEN

    Smokefree Teen helps youth stop using tobacco by providing information grounded in scientific evidence and offering free tools on their mobile phones. The text messaging program can help youth quit smoking, and the quitSTART app helps them become smokefree by providing helpful strategies for tackling cravings, bad moods, and other situations. teen.smokefree.gov

    Classroom Resources:

    PREVENTION DIMENSIONS

    Prevention Dimensions (PD) is a set of lessons which support the Utah State Board of Education pre-k-12th grade health core. The lessons are age appropriate and meet the CDC recommendations for tobacco prevention. For more information visit uen.org/preventiondimensions.

    CATCH MY BREATH

    This free program offers in-class activities, teacher education, online resources, and take-home materials for parents about e-cigarettes, nicotine, and addiction dangers. The program is based on state of the art tobacco awareness and prevention best-practices and is being evaluated for outcome evidence. The curriculum consists of four lessons at 30-40 minutes each. For more information visit catchinfo.org/modules/e-cigarettes.

    Contact Us

    Bear River Health Department

    Main line: 435-792-6510 Website: BR HD Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter

    Davis County Health Department

    Main line: 801-525-5070 Website: Davis County Utah Health Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter

    Central Utah Health Department

    Main line: 435-896-5451 Website: Central Utah Public Health Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter

    Salt Lake County Health Department

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    Southeast Utah Health Department

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    Southwest Utah Public Health Department

    Main line: 435-673-3528 Website: SWU Health Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter

    Summit County Health Department

    Main line: 435-333-1500 Website: Summit County Health Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter

    TriCounty Health Department

    Main line: 435-247-1177 Website: TriCounty Health Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter

    Tooele County Health Department

    Main line: 435-277-2300 Website: Tooele Health Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter

    Utah County Health Department

    Main line: 801-851-7000 Website: Utah County Online Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter

    Wasatch County Health Department

    Main line: 435-654-2700 Website: Wasatch County HD/ Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter

    Weber-Morgan Health Department

    Main line: 801-399-7183 Website: Weber Morgan Health/ Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter