Tobacco Prevention and Control

The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program is open to the entire Copper River Community. We offer educational programs about the dangers of e-cigarettes, secondhand/thirdhand smoke exposure, tobacco addiction, smokefree housing (tenants/landlords) and assistance with smokefree workplace policy adoption.

The Tobacco Prevention and Control Outreach Worker is available to present to youth groups, Head Start programs, health fairs, home school programs, business owners, government programs, tribal entities and others. Our program works with the state of Alaska to reduce tobacco use by partnering with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, Alaska Federation of Natives, Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance, ATCA Youth Leaders, World No Tobacco Day, Rural Cap Tobacco Program and Through with Chew.

Please contact Sheila Hurst call at 822-5241 or email

Thinking about Quiting?

When you’re ready to quit using tobacco, a trained CRNA staff member will assist you in finding the best possible option to quit. This may include a referral to Southcentral Foundation for Alaska Native/American Indian or to Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-784-8669) where individuals can receive a telephone, text or online counseling and/or nicotine patches, gum and lozenges.

Within 20 minutes of quitting…

Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.

20 minutes after quitting,

Your heart rate drops.

12 hours after quitting,

The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting,

Your heart attack risk begins to drop.

Your lung function begins to improve.

1 to 9 months after quitting,

Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.

1 year after quitting,

Your added risk of coronary heart disease decreases