The SEARHC Tobacco Program – promotes quitting tobacco and provides public education about the health risks of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Tobacco increases an exposed person’s risk of developing and suffering from diabetes, heart disease, lung, trachea, stomach, liver, pancreas, and colorectal cancer, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, immune deficiency disorders, and stroke. Addressing tobacco use is a key component of the SEARHC Strategic Plan to reduce the burden of disease in the region.
As with many things, there is strength in numbers when those with common goals align themselves to create positive outcomes. Because of that, SEARHC is a member of The Partnership for a Tobacco Free Southeast (PTFSE).
PTFSE is a coalition that was developed to promote tobacco-related systems change through policies and resolutions throughout Southeast Alaskan communities and Tribes. Current members represent the communities of Juneau, Wrangell, Sitka, Petersburg, Ketchikan, Hoonah, Yakutat, and Prince of Wales Island. All communities in Southeast Alaska are welcome to join the Partnership.
Quitting tobacco is a difficult process. The successful quitter makes many quit attempts before they actually stay tobacco-free.
Alaska adults 18+ can get free, confidential coaching and support services at Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW). For more information about free Quit Line services go to the next page.
Director of Health Promotion
Juneau Tobacco Program
Mail: 3100 Channel Drive, Suite 300, Juneau, AK 99801
Sitka Tobacco Program
Mail: 222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, AK 99835
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