SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services Achieves Gold Star Award for Implementing Tobacco-Free Best Practices

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) was recognized by the South Carolina Hospital Association’s (SCHA) Working Well initiative and Prevention Partners for achieving the highest standard of tobacco-free excellence by creating a tobacco-free workplace and providing high-quality tobacco cessation programs for employees. Organizations are awarded with Prevention Partners’ Gold Star for this achievement. In order to receive this recognition, DAODAS has a tobacco-free worksite policy, refers its employees to effective quit programs and counseling, provides comprehensive cessation benefits (nicotine replacement therapy and prescription medications), and offers incentives to encourage employees to quit tobacco. These are among several evidence-based components recommended by Working Well and Prevention Partners for comprehensive quit-tobacco systems at worksites. 


“DAODAS sets a high bar in terms of their cessation program for employees. Employees are provided every opportunity to be successful in quitting the use of tobacco, and all employees are protected from exposure to secondhand smoke at the workplace,” said Lindsey Bickers Bock, Strategic Coaching Senior Manager at Prevention Partners. “I applaud their great effort.”


“I am extremely proud of the manner in which Bridget Butler and the rest of our staff embraced the agency’s efforts to create a tobacco-free campus,” said Bob Toomey, Director of DAODAS.  “Smoking prevention is one area in which we can clearly demonstrate the coordination of physical and behavioral health care.”


Prevention Partners works with the SC Hospital Association’s Working Well Initiative to engage corporate leaders and staff throughout SC to enhance and sustain employee wellness efforts. These efforts are generously funded through the Duke Endowment.  



DAODAS is the cabinet agency charged with ensuring the provision of quality services to prevent or reduce the negative consequences of substance use and addiction in South Carolina.


About Working Well:

Working Well is a statewide strategy to improve workplace wellness policies, systems and environments around tobacco cessation, healthy nutrition and increased physical activity so the healthy choice is the easy choice for employees across South Carolina.


About Prevention Partners: 

The nonprofit Prevention Partners builds healthier communities through a suite of products that guide schools, workplaces, hospitals and clinics to address the leading causes of preventable disease: tobacco use, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity




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04-27-2016 01:48 (EDT)