Everyone knows bad habits are hard to break. Addiction is even more difficult. New vaping products have caused a major setback in the fight against tobacco and nicotine, especially among South Dakota’s youth. This Best Practice Brief series will provide information on programs and innovative solutions for reducing the use of tobacco and vaping products and improving the quality of life for South Dakotans.

Series Objectives:

  1. Highlight growing trends in use of tobacco and vaping products
  2. Describe programs to support cessation in high-need populations
  3. Encourage integration of cessation support in health care and community settings

Taking Control of Tobacco in South Dakota

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. CT

Tobacco Control Program focuses on prevention, cessation, and education to reduce the impact of tobacco use. Specialized programs are used to reach South Dakota populations facing a higher proportion of tobacco-related challenges. With Be Free SD as a foundation, community and health care facilities have access to data, resources, and a collection of brands to reduce tobacco/nicotine use and tobacco-related disease.


  1. Highlight populations facing tobacco-related challenges
  2. Describe the resources and brands available through the Tobacco Control Program
  3. Encourage participation Tobacco State Plan strategies to support prevention, cessation, and education

Speaker: Sierra Phelps, MS, Tobacco Control Coordinator, South Dakota Department of Health

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Call it Quits: SD Quitline Overview

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. CT

Quitting cold turkey doesn’t work for everyone. The SD Quitline provides support and resources to guide individuals on the journey to freedom from tobacco and vaping products: no matter how many times they walk the road.


  1. Highlight data trends related to SD Quitline participation
  2. Describe the resources and support provided by the SD Quitline
  3. Encourage referrals by highlighting SD Quitline success

Speaker: Kaitlyn Ashley, Tobacco Cessation Coordinator, Black Hills Special Services

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Kick Start the Quit at Avera Addiction Care Center

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. CT

Admitting the need for help is the first step toward recovery. Avera Addiction Care Center in Aberdeen focuses on treatment for the whole person to encourage and promote healing and recovery. Use of tobacco and vaping products often go hand-in-hand with alcohol, drugs, and gambling.  Coordinating the delivery of a Kick Start Kit at the time of admission eases the transition to a tobacco free environment and extends the health care team for addiction support.


  1. Highlight the focus on addiction in the Aberdeen community
  2. Describe the process for integrating the Kick Start Toolkit
  3. Encourage collaboration and community engagement to reduce the impact of addiction

Speaker: Jordan Mounga, Coordinator, Communities that Care Avera Addiction Care Center

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Vape Video Challenge Promotes Peer Messaging

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. CT

Teenagers experience peer pressure, and it can have significant consequences…some good and some bad.  Engaging high school students in developing messages about the dangers of vaping using a video challenge has created a positive buzz through the hallways and in the community. The South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care is expanding to include the creative talents of students participating in one-act plays to grow the collection of peer-based messages aimed at prevention, cessation, and education around tobacco use.


  1. Highlight the growing numbers of adolescents who use tobacco or vape products
  2. Describe the criteria of the Vaping Video Challenge
  3. Encourage the use of peer-based tobacco/vaping prevention messages

Speaker: Mindy Heuer, RN, CST, Program Manager, South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care

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Quitting for Two is a Bright Start

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 12:00 p.m. CT

A first-time pregnancy can be an equally exciting and overwhelming phase of life. Extra support and medical care is important for the health of every woman and every baby, and use of tobacco products during and after pregnancy can lead to health complications.


  1. Highlight the SD Quitline support and resources available for pregnancy women.
  2. Describe how the SD Quitline, For Baby’s Sake, and Bright Start program work together to improve the health of women and babies.
  3. Encourage health care professionals and caregiver

Speakers: Kaitlyn Ashley, Tobacco Cessation Coordinator, Black Hills Special Services, Shelly Freese, MSN, RN Coordinator| Bright Start/Nurse Family Partnership
Office of Child and Family Services, SD Department of Health

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Refusing to Quit on Watertown

NEW DATE – Tuesday, November 29, 2022 12:00 p.m. CT

Gone are the days of ash trays and cigarettes in local restaurants and offices. Unfortunately, the fruity smell of nicotine vapors and smashed remains of electronic vaping devices in parking lots have become the alternative. Easy to conceal due to the pleasant smell and clever designs, a growing number of young adults and adolescents are becoming addicted to nicotine. The Northeast Prevention Resource Center is partnering with health care professionals and community members in Watertown, SD, to educate on the dangers of nicotine and promote resources to successfully overcome nicotine addiction.

  1. Highlight community partnerships for reducing nicotine access and exposure.
  2. Describe best practices and ongoing challenges increasing awareness.
  3. Encourage communities to request partnership grant funding.

Speaker: Kelli Rumpza, CPS, Watertown Community Prevention Specialist, Human Service Agency

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Best Practice Briefs are 20-minute micro-learning sessions to highlight successful system and policy change. The briefs are short, to the point, and real. Real people and real processes that really work! This series is brought to you by the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) in partnership with Great Plains Quality Innovation Network. For all Best Practice Brief Series sessions, visit the SDFMC site.