Utah Tobacco Prevention Task Force
The Utah Tobacco Prevention Task Force advances solutions generated by Utah physician, healthcare, and public health partnerships to eliminate tobacco use in Utah.
The Coalition for a Tobacco-free Utah’s Health Care Committee (CTFU-HCC) is a
group of representatives from state and local health districts, non-profit organizations,
agencies and health care professionals who are working to improve the health and
quality of life for all Utahns by reducing the health risks associated with tobacco use
The HCC coordinates tobacco cessation efforts among health care professionals
statewide. At no cost, state and local health department representatives train health
care professionals on the Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and
Dependence, an evidenced-based guideline for clinicians to use when treating their
patients who use tobacco. Since 2005, thousands of health care professionals
throughout Utah have received the free training and accompanying materials for
patients who use tobacco.
Additionally, the HCC assists hospitals in implementing tobacco-free policies. In 2008, CTFU partnered with the Utah Hospital and Health Systems Association (UHA) to create a tobacco-free policy statement. This policy was adopted by the UHA Board of Trustees on March 28, 2008. Since this time, more than twenty hospitals have implemented tobacco-free policies. Many resources, including a tobacco-free hospital toolkit, are available for hospitals interested in developing a comprehensive tobacco policy.
Destination Tobacco-Free: A Practical Tool for Hospitals and Health Systems
A national partnership of health leaders launched a new tool to help hospital executives and others develop best-practices in tobacco-use policies and protocols. The 32-page Destination Tobacco-Free: A Practical Tool for Hospitals & Health Systems, was vetted by hospital administrators and clinicians from across the United States. It contains step-by-step directions, examples, and tools that can help hospitals achieve their missions, improve care, bolster employee health, and boost the bottom line.
Davis hospital facilities get recognition for being smoke-free
By Amy Joi O’Donoghue
Posted online Monday, March 7, 2011, 11:18 a.m. MST
LAYTON — The Coalition for A Tobacco Free Utah recently presented Davis Hospital and Medical Center with an award to recognize the facility's efforts in creating a tobacco-free hospital campus.
The hospital joins other facilities across Utah in becoming tobacco-free for the health of patients, employees and visitors, both inside and outside the hospitals. The policy includes all tobacco products including e-cigarettes inside the hospital’s facilities and the walkways that are part of the Davis Hospital campus, including the Tanner Clinic, Davis Surgical Center, Robert F. Bitner Building, Davis Family Physicians, Stevens-Henager College, Davis Medical Plaza, Wasatch Peak Plaza and Wee Care Pediatrics.
Nicotine replacement therapy — such as patches and gum — will be made available to help patrons. They will also be given practical tips for coping without tobacco during hospital stays.
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To schedule a 5A’s training, for assistance with implementing a tobacco-free policy, or
for information about free materials and cessation services, contact Marci Nelson,
Tobacco Prevention and Control Program — Utah Department of Health at:
801.538.7002 / or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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