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.

Tobacco Cessation

Adult Smoking Cessation: Are YOU READY to Quit for Good?              

Stopping smoking is a GREAT choice! It is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health and extend your life.

Consider YOUR Options 

  • Cold Turkey: Completely stop smoking. Zero cigarettes. No Quit aid medications.
  • Step Down: Wean yourself off of cigarettes and nicotine by smoking less each day or each week.
  • Quit Aid Medications: These medications can help to reduce nicotine cravings and ease withdrawl symptoms. Nicotine replacement patches, gum, lozenges, Zyban, and Chantix, are some of the most popular quit aids.
  • Counseling Support: Group and individiaul sessions, phone quitlines and internet sites can help connect you to professional quit coaches and other who are also quitting smoking.

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.

Onsite Workplace Smoking Cessation Program

We provide onsite support sessions/counseling for workplaces. For more information call 812.375.3194


Community Education: Parenting = Prevention

We know it's not always easy. We know there's not always time. But getting more involved with your preteen today will help you stay connected tomorrow. Parents who get involved in the community, in their schools, and in local organizations help meet their goals of having a tobacco-free child. They learn from other parents, health professionals and even from their own kids. And if they have a kid who already smokes, they can help them stop.

Talk to your kids about tobacco. You may learn something. 

Increasing Cigarette Tax in Indiana

Although partners across the state were advocating for an increase in the cigarette tax to prevent teen use and prompt more people to quit, the Indiana General Assembly did not include the measure in the state budget. The issue was assigned to a summer study for further review. Thank you for your emails to policymakers, urging them to protect Hoosiers from the burden of tobacco.


Policy Initiatives (Advocacy)

Smoke Free Housing Initiative

If you have any questions or concerns about smoke free housing or would like to take your property smoke free, we can help you! Call us for more information or to schedule a FREE information session. 


Gary's Story


For more information about our tobacco program:

Stephanie Womack, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator