Addressing the needs of American Indian Tribal Members on and off Montana's Reservations in regards to Commercial Tobacco Addiction. Commercial tobacco use hits every area of Native communities. Highest rates of cigarette use, high rate of smokeless tobacco use, high rate of use among youth. Along with following the goals of MTUPP and CDC Best Practices, the American Indian Tobacco Prevention Specialists also educate local communities and members on the traditional intent and use of tobacco plants which helps to break the bonds with commercial tobacco companies and the high-cost of nicotine addiction. Understanding and participating in cultural activities, promoting native language development and hosting local events begin to pave the way to a life free from nicotine dependence.
The Montana Tobacco Quit Line now offers an American Indian Commercial Tobacco Quit Line with a dedicated line 1-855-372-0037 and web based enrollment vist at: http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/mtupp/americanindian. The service connects callers with Native Coaches, offers 10 weeks free counseling, free Nicotine Replacement Therapy, and reduced cost cessation medications. The call line is dual-staffed 7 days a week 10:30AM to 5:30PM. Callers may experience a wait time and may need to leave a message to receive a call back from the trained coaches.