Tobacco Awareness Program
The Tobacco Awareness Program (TAP) is a comprehensive tobacco cessation curriculum addressing both smoking and spit tobacco. This eight-session program provides information, self-assessment opportunities and challenging weekly assignments to help participants in grades 7 – 12 quit using tobacco. Additional sessions are provided for participants who want to continue in a cessation support process after completing the basic curriculum.
The TAP curriculum gently guides tobacco users to their quit date and helps them remain tobacco-free. It takes into account the fact that participants begin, continue and decide to quit for a wide variety of reasons. The TAP curriculum encourages each person to choose the methods of cessation they believe will work best for them.
Facilitators provide guidance and support as participants design their individual approaches to quitting. Facilitators teach them the skills to quit and remain tobacco-free. Instruction materials include a guidebook, teaching aids, videos, guest speakers and handouts, all designed to grab attention and motivate participants to make healthy lifestyle decisions.
Program Goals are to
- Increase awareness of the short- and long-term effects of continued tobacco use.
- Increase awareness of their own level of risk for becoming victims of tobacco use.
- Help participants identify their own best ways to quit using tobacco.
Mary Lanning Healthcare Cardiopulmonary Unit, 402-461-5292