Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Programs
REALITY Illinois is an anti-tobacco group for kids ages 13-18. This anti-tobacco movement was created by Illinois teens who wanted to take a stand against tobacco products and their negative influence. This program strongly focuses on educating teens about tobacco industry manipulation, second-hand smoke, tobacco and electronic cigarette use with the help from the Illinois Department of Public Health and local health departments.
Smoke-Free Parks and Playgrounds
Smoke-Free Parks and playgrounds is also a program that strongly focuses on the negative influence tobacco use has on our youth. In order to try to and promote a healthier environment for our fellow youth, this program collects data from a selected park through picking up littered cigarette butts and community surveys in efforts to pass a city ordinance forbidding tobacco use in that park.
Illinois Tobacco Quitline
Where Quitters Always Win! The Illinois Tobacco Quitline was created to help people quit using tobacco products. The Quitline Staff is able to help individuals who use cigarettes, cigars, pipe, snuff, and/or chew tobacco quit the habit. All counseling services are FREE.
Although Nicotine products and prescription medications are discussed, they are not available through the Illinois Tobacco Quitline. Some counselors may advise clients to nicotine patches, gum and lozenges but for over-the-counter purchases. Packets are tailored to the caller's specific needs and include information about nicotine replacement products, prescription medications, behavior modification techniques, the recovery process, withdrawal symptoms, tips for dealing with cravings, coping, stress management and much more. The U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both agree that using the techniques and support of a tobacco quitline can substantially increase an individual's success in quitting by up to 56 percent.
The Quitline operates from 7:00am to 11:00pm, Sunday through Saturday. Dial 1-866-QUIT-YES or visit www.QuitYes.org!
January 1, 2008 - Illinois passed the law stating that smoking will be prohibited in all public places and places of employment. This includes all hospitals, restaurants, bars, taverns, retail stores, elevators, indoor theaters, libraries, museums, concert halls, conventions facilities, private clubs, lobbies, bowling alleys, skating rinks and student dormitories. The law also states that no one can smoke within 15 feet of any entrance, exit or open ventilation system. In addition, no person may smoke in any governmental vehicle. Also, "No Smoking" signs must be posted at every entrance to all public places and place of employment.
For more information visit the website www.smoke-free.illinois.gov
All complaints must go either directly to the law enforcement agency or through the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) at 1-866-973-4646 or www.smoke-free.illinois.gov.