Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
332 W. Commerce
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Telephone: (210) 207-8780
American Cancer Society Quitline: 1-877-YESQUIT or 1-877-937-7848
The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program is working in partnership with non-profit organizations, health systems, substance abuse centers, and advocacy groups across San Antonio to reduce the burden of tobacco-related illness in our community.
Metro Health receives a grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services to fund a tobacco prevention and control program and a community -based coalition. San Antonio Tobacco Control and Prevention Coalition (SA-TPCC), to lead the effort.
Through a combination of awareness campaigns, tobacco cessation programs, tobacco use prevention education, and public policy changes, Metro Health and the SA-TPCC will create an appropriate and effective program to serve the San Antonio community and its multicultural needs.
New City of San Antonio Smoking Ordinance
The San Antonio City Council voted to make changes to the public smoking ordinance that will prohibit smoking in additional places within the city limits of San Antonio beginning August 19, 2011. Visit Metro Health's dedicated webpage to learn more about the new smoking ordinance.
Tobacco Prevention and Control Program staff and SA-TPCC members conduct activities throughout Bexar County. Presentations, classes, and information are available depending on the level of demand. Contact the program office for assistance.
Stop Using Tobacco
Many free and low-cost resources are available to help people quit using tobacco products. The American Cancer Society Quitline (1-877-YESQUIT) offers free tobacco cessation counseling and Bexar County residents may qualify for a free 2-month supply of nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, or lozenges). Quitline services are also available in spanish. Try www.yesquit.org for more resources, visit the SA-TPCC website, or call the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.
Health Services Providers
Tobacco Prevention and Control Program staff and SA-TPCC members meet with health services providers in a variety of settings to train providers in techniques to promote tobacco cessation by clients and to bill and be reimburssed for those services. Consultations and informational materials are available by request. Contact the program office for assistance and visit www.yesquit.org/toolkit/ for other great resources.
Employers and Worksites
Tobacco Prevention and Control Program staff and SA-TPCC members meet with employers to promote tobacco-free worksites. Consultations and materials are available to promote tobacco cessation among employees and to assist employers in developing tobacco-free worksite policies. Contact the program office for assistance and visit www.shareair.org/tools/downloads/ for more resources.