Shrink-Wrapped Vehicle Will Bring Message of Help to Priority Population
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is announcing a new initiative aimed at supporting mom’s making an attempt to quit tobacco this Mother’s Day. The State is bringing a message of help and support to local communities through a shrink-wrapped Toyota FJ Cruiser. The car is wrapped with information about the NH Smokers’ Helpline 1-800-Try-To-STOP (1-800-879-8678) and the Try To STOP TOBACCO website, www.trytostopnh.org. Both resources are free to New Hampshire residents of all ages.
“We want to be able to offer as much help and support as needed for women in our State who are interested in, or trying to quit using tobacco,” said Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “We remain committed to working to eliminate chronic disease in our State, and this is one more way we can reach out to people and provide them with resources that can help them improve their health.”
In New Hampshire 21.7% of NH women of childbearing age (18-44 years) reported smoking in 2007, compared to 21.2% of women nationally. In 2007, 16% of women who gave birth in NH self-reported smoking during pregnancy. Currently, 16% of New Hampshire women smoke.
Beginning on Mother’s Day weekend, the FJ Cruiser will be traveling to different parts of the State to make the contact information and website more visible. The DPHS Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) has prioritized women of childbearing age as a population to reach out to with services because tobacco use not only affects womens’ health, but also the health of their children.
The NH Try-To-STOP TOBACCO Resource Center offers free, confidential counseling to mother’s trying to quit and develops information packets tailored to moms. For more information about the resources available visit www.trytostopnh.org
Through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Smoking and Health, the New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Control Program continues to provide funding for community-based tobacco prevention and control grants, as well as tobacco addiction treatment opportunities, including a free and confidential Smokers’ Helpline, 1-800-Try-To-STOP (1-800-879-8678). For help while quitting visit www.trytostopnh.org. For more information on tobacco prevention and control, please call 603-271-6891.