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Tobacco Prevention Council

Council successfully works to combat tobacco use in county
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For persons who are seeking support in kicking the tobacco habit, a free statewide quitline is just the ticket.

By calling 1-800-784-8669, tobacco users connect with trained counselors.General users receive 4 calls, while pregnant women receive a series of 10 calls before and after the birth.

They receive a helpful quit packet as well as two free weeks of nicotine replacement patches or gum.

The Quitline is a great help to pursuing healthier tobacco-free lifestyles! Also, any physician office or business that would like to become a "preferred Quitline provider" may fax patient or employee registration forms directly to the Quitline, to expedite the process.

For more information, call Healthy Communities at 219-326-6260.



Since 2002, the Tobacco Prevention Council has overseen distribution of more than $1.75 million in Master Tobacco Settlement funds coming into LaPorte County. Under this grant, Healthy Communities has been the lead agency administrating the innovative prevention and cessation projects of numerous local organizations.

From July 2011 to June 30, 2013, HCLC is overseeing distribution of $277,000 in Master Settlement Funds coming into the county, granted to six partners. In addition to focusing on youth prevention work and the Voice student advocacy effort, in this grant cycle, emphasis is placed on creating a "network of cessation" to encourage all smokers to kick the habit. Both hospital systems, HealthLinc and the Community Health Center clinics present "stage of change" tobacco counseling interventions with all patients.

We are pleased to have seen a reduction in our county smoking rate from 30.7 % in 2002, to a current rate of 26 %. But recognizing that more than a quarter of LaPorte County residents smoke, such efforts are especially important to the health of our county. We are also very concerned that more than 30% of pregnant women on the Medicaid rolls continue to use tobacco.

For persons who want to quit smoking, Master Settlement Funds and revenue from the state cigarette tax are insuring that trained

counseling support and free nicotine replacement products are offered free of charge by calling 1-800-QUITNOW or linking into General registrants receive four support calls, while pregnant women benefit from 10 calls - continuing post delivery. In addition, they will be sent two free weeks of either nicotine replacement patches or gum!

For more information about cessation classes in the county, call IUHealthLa Porte Hospital Wellness Center at 326-2480, or Franciscan St. Anthony Memorial Cardiac Center at 877-1557. Also, businesses interested in developing a smoke-free policy may call Healthy Communities at 326-6260. The Tobacco Prevention Council will be pleased to offer assistance to any organization, restaurant, school system or business that wants to pursue a smoke-free environment.

Concentration on smoke-free environments, and lasting policy change, is a firm focus of Indiana's Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Commission, which oversees tobacco-control efforts under the state Health Department.

Persons who would like to become involved in the Tobacco Prevention Council's efforts to pursue a healthier, smoke-free environment for LaPorte County may also call 326-6260.

And for more up-to-the-minute information about state tobacco control efforts, log onto, and


Need support in your quit effort?
Call the FREE statewide quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or click this link:.
Indiana Tobacco Quitline

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