Idaho Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
The Idaho Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, Project Filter, is Idaho’s state public health agency that works to educate Idahoans about commercial tobacco and the many ways it can damage your health.
Project Filter recognizes that it’s important to distinguish between “commercial” and “sacred” or “traditional” tobacco. Commercial tobacco is manufactured tobacco, sold for a profit for recreational and habitual use. This type of product can cause addiction, disease, and death. Commercial tobacco comes in the form of cigarettes, pipe tobacco, roll-your-own, cigars, bidis, chewing tobacco, snuff, snus, etc.
In the Native American Indian culture, tobacco is a sacred plant. Tobacco rests at the center of many of their sacred ceremonies. When Native American Indians take part in traditional ceremonies, they regard the tobacco as an offering, as a gift, as their ancestors did. Please note that the information we present here about sacred tobacco is a generalization. Each tribe and tribal member will have their own attitudes towards tobacco.
Project Filter Provides Free Resources to Help You Quit
Project Filter’s mission is to help everyone who wants to quit commercial tobacco succeed at that goal. We also realize that each person has to find his or her own way to quit. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is a proven method to help people quit tobacco. Project Filter offers free NRT in the form of nicotine patches, gum and lozenges, throughout the year, to help people on their journey to quit commercial tobacco. Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death and disease in our society. Quitting is the best advice doctors will give you. Please go to ProjectFilter.org, take advantage of our free NRT offer, and get help to quit!