SOURCE: National Network on Tobacco Prevention and Poverty

April 19, 2005 11:00 ET

Tobacco Cessation Curriculum for Correctional Populations Now Available

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2005 -- The Health Education Council's National Network on Tobacco Prevention and Poverty (NNTPP) and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) are proud to announce that the "Tobacco Cessation for Correctional Populations, A Health Education Manual" is now available.

More than six million people are a part of the U.S. criminal justice system. Smoking rates among the incarcerated have been estimated to be as high as 70% -- well above the 23% rate for all U.S. adults. Because of this high statistic, NNTPP and NCCHC surveyed 500 correctional facilities which included jails, prisons, and juvenile detention facilities to assess tobacco policies and cessation programming. One major finding from the survey was that tobacco cessation has not been a priority in correctional facilities. In fact, more than 80% of all the facilities participating in the study reported that they offer no cessation programming even in cases where a tobacco-free policy is present. Because of this finding, NNTPP and NCCHC partnered on the development of a tobacco cessation curriculum specifically for the incarcerated population.

This is one of the few tobacco education/cessation resources specifically developed for use in correctional facilities. The Manual was developed with the assistance of national organizations, tobacco control experts, organizations serving incarcerated individuals and ex-offenders, and the administrative and health staff of prisons, jails and juvenile facilities nationwide.

The Manual contains two curriculum modules: Module One is designed to educate individuals on the health effects of tobacco use; Module Two is a guide for quitting. The Manual also contains instructions for facilitators, reproducible handouts and a resource section to obtain additional information and materials. The Modules are in PowerPoint format or colored overhead transparencies. The guide is designed to be taught by anyone with access to correctional populations. It is simple to follow and easy to use. Expertise in health or tobacco control is not required to facilitate the sessions.

The Manual may be obtained through the Health Education Council for $125.00 which includes all components: Module 1 and 2, CD-ROM, overhead transparencies, handouts, and shipping. For facilities who do not need the overhead tranparencies, the Manual CD-ROM and handouts may be purchased for $75.00. For more informaton, please call the Health Education Council at (888) 442-2836 or you may email to request an order form.

Contact Information

    Kerry Brown
    National Network on Tobacco Prevention and Poverty
    Health Education Council
    (916) 556-3344