Tobacco Awareness

To reduce the use of tobacco products

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.

Surgeon General's Report Fact

Secondhand smoke exposure can cause strokes in nonsmokers. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk for stroke by an extimated 20-30%. Worldwide, stroke is the second-leading cause of death....the continued use of cigarettes in much of the world, combined with the billions of people worldwide potentially at risk for suffering a stroke in their lifetimes, indicates that a substantial reduction in the stroke burden could be achieved if exposure to secondhand smoke was either reduced or eliminated altogether. 

World Stroke Day is October 29. Learn the five most common signs and symptoms of stroke: sudden numbness, confusion, trouble seeing, trouble walking and severe headache. Visit to learn more about how to act F.A.S.T. 


Community Education

Latest Products - Electronic Cigarettes

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.

Join us for the Community Conversation on Nov. 13 to discuss e-cigarettes locally! See the flyer below for details.

Policy Initiatives (Advocacy)

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.


Tobacco Cessation

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.


For more information about our tobacco program:

Stephanie Womack, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator