Tobacco, Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Tobacco-Free Communities & Youth
Tobacco use remains the single most preventable cause of disease and death in the U.S. Additionally, Anoka County residents have identified smoking for youth and adults as a major community health problem and therefore, tobacco use continues to remain a high priority for Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services. See the Anoka County CHES Plan for 2015-2019.

Tobacco Reduction Strategies
The key policy, system, and environmental strategies to successfully reduce tobacco use is through partnering with community based leadership organizations and increasing the number of active community partners engaged in locally driven advocacy efforts. For more information on Tobacco Prevention in Anoka County, call 763-422-7030.

Healthy Snacking for Tobacco Cessation

Developing a Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Program: A Guide for Tobacco Control Professionals

Apartment Manager's Guide to Adopting a Smoke-Free Building Policy

What are E-Cigs?

They look like the real thing. The end glows as you inhale. As you exhale, you puff out a cloud of what looks like smoke. It's vapor, similar to the fog you might see at rock shows, says M. Brad Drummond, MD. He's an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

All e-cigarettes work basically the same way. Inside, there's a battery, a heating element, and a cartridge that holds nicotine and other liquids and flavorings. Features and costs vary. Some are disposable. Others have a rechargeable battery and refillable cartridges.

Using an e-cigarette is called "vaping."

The nicotine inside the cartridges is addictive. When you stop using it, you can get withdrawal symptoms including feeling irritable, depressed, restless and anxious.

E-Cig Fact Sheet
E-Cig Infographic


External Resources
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Anoka County's Rising Heroin and Prescription Drug Trends: Prescription opiates (Vicodin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and codeine)) are all readily available in many homes throughout our county. They are also highly addictive, and provide a similar high as heroin. What starts as an addiction to a prescription opiate, can quickly lead to a heroin addiction. Unfortunately, with the dangerously high purity levels of heroin that our county is seeing, the County has also seen a rise in 16- 25 year old deaths due to heroin overdoses, therefore one dose is enough to kill a user.

In response to this health issue, the Anoka County Children and Family Council  (ACCFC) provided Anoka County Community Health & Environmental Services a $55,000 ACCFC grant to work with local school districts to focus on the reduction and elimination of  drug use/abuse.

As a result, this initiative has been awarded a 2016 Public Health Award for their creation of four anti-drug and alcohol video.

Chemical Health Initiative Partnership
which includes students from Centennial Middle School, St. Francis Middle School, Pines School, and Anoka County Juvenile Corrections. The students worked together to produce four videos that offered key anti-drug and alcohol messages: one for students who have experienced chemical use in Pines school; two directed at middle school students; and one that provided information for parents.

Chemical Health Initiative Partnership Videos. Please review and share these videos with your family and friends!

FREE Tobacco Cessation Program! This program combines counseling, medication and community to help any MN tobacco user to quit.  Call 1-888-354-PLAN.