Tobacco addiction causes 480,000 deaths in the United States each year, making it the single-most preventable cause of death in our society. Cigarette smoking is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the United States. In addition, some 8.6 million Americans live with serious smoking-related illnesses. The tobacco component of the Healthy Lifestyles Action Team, is committed to eliminating the devastation caused by tobacco through education, advocacy, and cessation programs. We are especially committed to our prevention efforts among children.
Our community efforts are funded through a two-year grant from the Indiana State Department of Health's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission. We are charged to work on four priority areas within the grant which include decreasing youth smoking rates, increasing the proportion of Hoosiers not exposed to secondhand smoke, decreasing the Indiana adult smoking rates, and maintain state and local infrastructure necessary to sustain the work. There are several indicators that we work on under each priority area.
For SFY 2013-2015, Bartholomew County has been granted $126,000 to continue our tobacco control efforts.
Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are the latest products to hit the market. Distributors claim the products contain no tobacco, but they are designed to look like a conventional cigarette. E- cigarette use among high school students has nearly doubled since last year. This fact sheet provides basic information about the product.
Smoke Free Bartholomew County
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.
If you have any questions or concerns about smoke free workplace laws, call our office at 812.375.3194. To report a violation of the Columbus City Smoking Ordinance, call the Columbus Police Department at 812.376.2600.
Our next step is to ensure that everyone in Bartholomew County is protected by a comprehensive smoke- free air law that includes bars and private clubs!
Smoke Free Housing Initiative
If you have any questions or concerns about smoke free housing or would like to take your property smoke free, call our office at 812.375.3194.
Adult Smoking Cessation
The Healthy Lifestyles 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 Indiana 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
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