Tobacco Use Prevention
Four Montanans die every day from tobacco-related diseases. And corporate tobacco spends more than $27 million a year to advertise tobacco products in Montana.
As a local contractor of the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP), at RiverStone Health, our mission is to address the public health crisis that is caused by the use of all forms of commercial tobacco products. Our goal is to reduce disease, disability, and death related to tobacco use by:
- Preventing tobacco use among young people
- Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke
- Eliminating disparities related to tobacco use and its effects among certain population groups
- Encouraging adults and young people to quit
We promote the use of the Montana Tobacco Quit Line 1.800.784.8669 and the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Quit Line, which connects callers with American Indian coaches plus other tools and services, 1.855.372.0037.
Many of our efforts target keeping youth tobacco free. We work with area middle and high school age youth through reACT! Against Corporate Tobacco. reACT clubs meet to engage other youth and plan projects that educate the community about the harmful effects of tobacco.
The 7,000 chemicals found in commercial tobacco can be traced back to all stages of development, from growth, to production, to use. Check out the FDA’s three videos on the life cycle of commercial tobacco products and watch this video to see five findings from the CDC’s report on youth smoking.
We help enforce Montana’s Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) in Yellowstone County to reduce secondhand smoke exposure. This Montana law prohibits smoking in all public places and workplaces across Montana. We provide smoke-free signs, brochures and other information to businesses to help educate owners and employees about the law. Anyone who witnesses a violation of the CIAA is encouraged to file a formal complaint.RiverStone Health
Billings, Montana 59101