A survey of tobacco use, attitudes and perceptions will be conducted among Cortland County residents beginning the week of May 16th. The Cortland County Health Department’s Tobacco Free Zone program of Cortland, Tompkins and Chenango Counties is conducting the telephone survey to obtain information that will help guide program activities in the coming months. Watertown, NY-based Joel LaLone Consulting, a specialist in community studies, has been contracted to administer the survey. The survey was developed with the Tobacco Surveillance, Evaluation and Research Team of the New York State Department of Health in Albany.
The tobacco survey of adults (18+) living in Cortland County will run from May 16 through the end of the month. Questions will cover topics such as tobacco marketing and promotion, tobacco smoke exposure, and use of tobacco products. The survey call will take about ten minutes.
Participation in the survey is voluntary and individuals may decline to answer particular questions, may discontinue the survey at any time, or decline to take the survey altogether. The survey is completely anonymous and all calls will remain strictly confidential. The Tobacco Free Zone program appreciates your time and input in providing valuable information to best serve the needs of our community.
The Tobacco Free Zone program is funded by a grant from the New York State Bureau of Tobacco Control. The mission of the program is to reduce morbidity and mortality and alleviate the social and economic burden caused by tobacco use in New York State. Recent activities in Cortland County have focused on public awareness of the tobacco industry’s marketing practices within the retail environment and within youth-rated movies to normalize tobacco use, curbing tobacco smoke exposure in outdoor public spaces, increasing smoke-free multi-unit housing, and promoting tobacco cessation programs and options.
For more information about the program or about the survey, contact Jennifer Hamilton at the Cortland County Health Department: [email protected]. Tobacco Free Zone maintains a website at TFreeZone.net.