Substance Use Prevention

Tobacco


Healthy Lincoln County works with our local tobacco use prevention partners to provide education and works on community policies to help the young population from picking up that first cigarette. Initiatives may include:

  • Informing parents, educators, coaches and all members of a youth’s social network about current trends in tobacco use and the dangers of smoking or chewing tobacco or using e-cigarettes.
  • Working with local businesses, community-based organizations and schools to refine tobacco policies to include vaping and e-cigarettes.

THINKING ABOUT QUITTING?

Remember, it's never too late to quit. Quitting smoking at any age is the single best thing you can do for your health. Your chance of success for quitting tobacco use actually improves each time you try.


Quitting is possible. Over half of all smokers have quit. Even though tobacco may be a big part of your life, you can take steps to live without it. You haven't failed if you keep trying.


WANT TO HELP SOMEONE QUIT?

  • Let them know you care about them and are concerned.
  • Do your best to avoid lecture or shaming. Scolding may make a person more resistant to change.
  • Let the tobacco user know if they want to quit, you will provide support and assistance.
  • If they express interest, offer to help them find a resource. Offer information, such as local programs or the Maine Tobacco Helpline number 1-800-207-1230.
  • If the tobacco user is not interested in quitting at this time, do your best to keep the communication open: tell them you understand that it is their decision; ask if it is OK to check in with them again another time.

For more information about how Healthy Lincoln County addresses and prevents tobacco use, please contact us here.