Tobacco use remains the single-most preventable cause of death in our society. Cigarette smoking is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the United States. The Tobacco Awareness Action Team, a dedicated group of community volunteers, has initiated several programs since its inception in 1996 to reduce the use of tobacco products in Bartholomew County, especially among children.
Columbus businesses are now largely smoke-free as a result of the team's work. The Tobacco Awareness Action Team has worked with local government and employers to ensure cessation classes and information on quitting smoking is widely available and supported by the community. The team has also worked as a resource for other communities in their efforts to implement smoke-free workplaces and community spaces.
Beginning June 1, 2013 nearly all public places in Columbus, including bars/taverns and private clubs, will be smoke-free. The Tobacco Awareness Action Team is always working towards strengthen the laws that protect workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
The Tobacco Awareness Action team supports and promotes the Indiana Tobacco Quitline for adult cessation. The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is available to help. This FREE telephone-based resource is available to all Hoosiers 18 years and older. Simply call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669 from 8 a.m. to 3a.m., 7 days a week or visit the Quit Now Web site for more information.
When you call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, you will talk with a trained Quit Coach who can help develop a customized quitting plan. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to free yourself of tobacco.
Stephanie Womack, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator