Tobacco Treatment, Prevention, and Control in Androscoggin County

Project Overview:

This project by the The Patric Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing will address the overall tobacco use rate and target areas where the tobacco use rate is increasing, such as with non-cigarette tobacco products among youth. We are addressing stagnant cancer rates through tobacco cessation and prevention, as 30% of cancers are attributable to tobacco use. This project will also seek to add new energy and increase resources where funding has been cut to address tobacco use at the community level.

The Challenge:

A gap exists in tobacco policy development in out of school settings (i.e. recreation programs, Scouting, community soccer associations, etc.) as funds for this work were cut by the legislature in 2012. Our funding for Quit for Life tobacco cessation classes ends at the end of 2014. There is a gap in capacity to meet expected demand as clinical referrals to this resource increase through an automated process in the CMHC Electronic Medical Record. Also, there is currently no capacity to provide Talking about Tobacco and Tips and Tools, two tobacco educational sessions that help inform individuals (both tobacco users and those that support them) about cessation resources as well as how to help someone who is quitting.

To date there has been little to no education done around e-cigarettes and we are looking forward to having an opportunity to rectify this in order to address e-cigarettes before their use skyrockets. The Maine CDC’s Partnership for a Tobacco Free Maine recently shared that their communications contractor will be releasing an e-cigarette campaign in 2015, and we look forward to the opportunity to help these message permeate our local community outside of the communication company’s mass communication plan and to help tie these messages to new and revised community-level policies.
 

Project Benefits:

  • Long-term: Reduction in tobacco use rates in Androscoggin County.
     
  • Short-term: Reduction in exposure to secondhand smoke (and third-hand smoke), especially for youth.
     
  • Short-term: Increased awareness of the tobacco resources available to assist tobacco users with quitting. (This includes awareness of tobacco users and individuals desiring to help someone quit as well as clinical staff in primary care practices.)
     
  • Increase in the number of primary care practice staff that are educated about the tobacco treatment resources available for their patients.
     
  • Increase the number of tobacco users who receive tobacco treatment (i.e. brief interventions, group counseling, and telephonic support).
     
  • Short-term: Increase in tobacco users’ self-efficacy for quitting from session 1 to session 5 when participating in a 5-session tobacco treatment program (Quit for Life).
     
  • Short-term: Increase in tobacco users’ motivation to quit from session 1 to session 5 when participating in a 5-session tobacco treatment program (Quit for Life).
    Measure: Pre- and post-test for Quit for Life participants.
     
  • Short-term: Increase in the number of 5th graders receiving tobacco education.*
     
  • Short-term: Increase the number of 3-star and 4-star after school setting policies (i.e. recreation depts., Scouting programs, community soccer associations, etc.).

    * = Baseline will be established year one (Environmental Scan) and a measurable result will be added for year two.

Organization: 
The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing
Grant Amount Given: 
$40,000
Year Issued: 
2015
Period: 
Spring
Grant Category: 
Education
Types of Cancer: 
Lung

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2016 Maine Fund for Cancer Patients $4,000 Transportation The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing
2016 Sun Safety on the Slopes $5,750 Prevention The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing
2015 The Maine Fund for Cancer Patients $4,000 Transportation The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing
2015 Tobacco Treatment, Prevention, and Control in Androscoggin County $40,000 Education The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing
2014 Cancer Resource Advocate $48,291 Support The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope And Healing
2012 Space to Breathe $3,000 Support The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing