Controla el Tabaco/Controla tu Vida (Control Tobacco/Control Your Life) is another project that provides prevention education in South Yuma County to significantly reduce tobacco use and prevent initiation in the low-income Hispanic community through a successful lay health worker model. It also facilitates cessation among tobacco users in order to lower the incidence of tobacco related health issues.
The program has continued to work on reaching its intended goals. One of those is to refer 75 current smokers to the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline (ASHline) and to establish partnerships with 5 local community agencies to help refer 40 smokers to ASHline.
CSF staff has continued to work with agricultural companies to advocate for smoke free buses through the Arizona Smoke Free Act. The proposed goal was to reach 1,000 farm workers from 10 companies and as of January 2010, the program has educated 900 farm workers from 9 agricultural companies.
Another big project included in Controla el Tobaco/ Controla tu Vida is the fotonovela, a method of story telling that uses photographs of real people facing daily struggles and has been part of the Latino culture for many generations. Promoting tobacco use prevention, CSF created a fotonovela titled “Trato Hecho,” which tells the story of a group of Latino friends who are facing the daily struggles that tobacco use brings. As their personal lives begin to change, they must decide whether to continue with their dreams or to continue smoking.
For more information please contact Luis Vasquez at (928) 627-1060.