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Tobacco Use

Links and information about
tobacco use and smoking


For more information contact
Barbara Caskey at 775-738-8004


Vitality Center in Elko and Nevada are both tobacco-free facilities.

In 2000 and 2001, Vitality Center conducted an environmental prevention strategy that targeted underage smoking and drinking in rural Nevada, particularly in Elko County. This strategy included hiring the Gallup Organization to conduct a poll of Elko County residents to assess their attitudes and concerns regarding tobacco use.

In 2002, Vitality Center received funding from the Centers for Disease Control to hire an Elko-based Tobacco Specialist to spearhead a rural Nevada tobacco use prevention program and help bring statewide tobacco cessation programs to rural Nevadans.

In 2003, Vitality Center's Tobacco Prevention Specialist developed an Elko-based community coalition called Citizens Against Nevada Tobacco Use (CAN-TU). This coalition conducted a survey of Elko area restaurants to determine their smoking policies and encouraged them to become smoke-free. CAN-TU also prepared a brochure for Elko distribution listing smoke-free eating establishments. The 100% smoke-free Elko restaurants are listed on Washoe County's "Clean Cuisine" web site.

Through participation in the Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition the Vitality Center's Tobacco Prevention Specialist, along with other state-wide tobacco prevention personnel, were successful in achieving the passage of legislation enforcing smoke free environments in public buildings such as child care facilities, grocery stores and dining establishments.

CAN-TU and the Elko PACE Coalition currently are continuing tobacco use cessation efforts, including public participation in youth-oriented “Tar Wars with a Twist” presentations, the American Lung Association’s TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use) program, and the ALA’s other teen program, Not on Tobacco (N-O-T).  

Vitality Center counselors assist with tobacco cessation and interventions while providing educational information about tobacco use and tobacco products.

For more information contact the Services Coordinator at the Vitality Center facility closest to you.