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January Newsletter

January 25, 2018

Director’s Column: You can quit. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline can help.

John Woods

Smoking costs our state $1.62 billion in health care costs annually. That means Oklahoma taxpayers – whether they smoke or not – are paying $899 per household to offset this costly burden. In addition to the economic burden smoking places on our state, tobacco use cuts lives short and impacts the health outcomes of our children and grandchildren.

That’s why, in this New Year, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is offering to help make your new year a healthier, tobacco-free one. The Helpline provides FREE resources to Oklahomans who are thinking about quitting tobacco, currently quitting tobacco, former users wanting to stay tobacco-free and even those who want to support loved ones or patients.

As TSET’s executive director and as an Oklahoman who benefited from the free services offered by the Helpline, I am proud of the services we provide to people who want to quit tobacco use. In fiscal year 2017 alone, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline saw a 38% increase in the number of Oklahomans registering for services, with more than 35,000 tobacco users registered for services between July 2016 and June 2017. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is exceeding national benchmarks for success with a 32.2% quit rate for Helpline callers who report 30 days smokefree 7 months after registering for services. Quit rates among tobacco users who quit cold turkey are at 5%.

Quitting can be hard. Let the top-ranked Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline help.


Take action to make Oklahoma tobacco free

Do you want to learn more about preventing and reducing tobacco use in Oklahoma? Then check out the Tobacco Stops With Me newsletter.

Tobacco Stops With Me is a statewide effort educating the public about the negative effects and impact of tobacco. Together, we can achieve a healthier Oklahoma. Join the fight by pinning yourself on the map, stay informed by signing up for the newsletter, be tobacco-free and connect with a local TSET Healthy Living grantee in your community. 

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Share love for healthy futures

Shape Your Future has printable downloads available 

SYF Valentine

Looking for some fun activities and downloads this Valentine’s Day? Find free resources from Shape Your Future, including printable Valentine’s Day card packs with a fun, healthy twist, along with snack ideas to incorporate fruits and veggies into classroom celebrations. You can also check out a downloadable poetry activity for kids to let out their inner Shakespeare and tell loved ones why it’s important to be tobacco-free. Learn more about eating better, moving more and being tobacco free at ShapeYourFuture.com and share your healthy Valentine’s Day activity ideas with us at @ShapeFutureOK

Director Woods speaks to Rotary Club 29 about health outcomes in Oklahoma

John Woods Rotary

Robyn Sunday-Allen, chief executive officer of the Oklahoma City Indian Health Clinic, with TSET Executive Director, John Woods at Rotary Club 29

TSET Executive Director John Woods spoke to Rotary Club 29 of Oklahoma City in December, the largest Club in Rotary International with over 600 members. Woods updated the group on Oklahoma’s health and the three health behaviors -- unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle and tobacco use – that lead to the four chronic conditions responsible for 60 percent of deaths in Oklahoma. Woods also discussed TSET’s efforts to prevent unhealthy behavior’s from taking root and making the health choice the easy choice and recent progress in Oklahoma’s record low adult smoking rate as well as a decrease in adult obesity at a time when other states are seeing adult obesity increase. Watch Woods’ full speech here.

NewsOK: More Oklahomans improving quality of life as smoking rate plunges to historic low

Lori and Granddaughter OTH

Labored breathing and hospital stays weren’t unusual for Lori Charboneau when she was a smoker. Charboneau is one of the thousands of Oklahomans who have used the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline to stop smoking. The changes Charboneau and others are making help improve health outcomes for Oklahomans. Oklahoma’s smoking rate is at an all-time low with just 19.6 percent of Oklahoma adults smoking and obesity among Oklahoma adults is declining for the first time since 2011, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year.