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Tobacco Free Gibson County

Improving the health of Gibson County residents of all ages, by reducing tobacco related diseases, through education, prevention and cessaton programs.

Rita Ward, Coalition Assistant, Tobacco Free Gibson County

Contact Us

Gibson County Health Department
203 S. Prince Street
Princeton, IN 47670
ritaward@nwcable.net
 


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Gibson County Health Fair will be held Saturday, March 4

The Gibson County Health Fair will be held Saturday, March 4 from 10-1 PM at Princeton Community High School. There will be various health screenings, a lot of information about area health and wellness services and demonstrations to improve your health and safety. There will be giveaways and door prizes. Bring the family out for a fun time.

Kick Butts Day @ Wood Memorial H.S.

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Wood Memorial High School students took a day to speak out against tobacco companies and tobacco use.  March 16 was national "Kick Butts Day" a campaign geared towards keeping teens tobacco free.  It was created to raise awareness of tobacco use in the community and encourage youth to reject the tobacco companies marketing tactics.  Whitney Powers, Wood Memorial Health Teacher,  planned the activity with her students.  The 3rd and 5th grade health classes spelled out "Tobacco Free is the Way to Be" on the high school softball field fence with 500 styrofoam cups. The students come up with a different activity for the day each year.

We Are Tobacco Free Gibson County

Our Coalition exists to improve the health of our citizens through tobacco prevention and cessation efforts.

We are a part of the Indiana Department of Health striving to protect all workers in the state of Indiana from the hazards of exposure to secondhand smoke.

If you could have a safer, cleaner and healthier workplace, would you? If you could cut health care costs and reduce productivity losses to illness, would you? Making your business smoke-free saves lives and saves you money.

Indiana employers are impacted greatly by the burden of tobacco use. The average annual health care cost associated with tobacco use in Indiana is $2.2 billion; plus the average annual cost burden due to lost productivity related to smoking in Indiana is $2.6 billion.

Going smoke-free lowers the risk of fires and accidental injuries, which can reduce your insurance costs. Smoke-free businesses have negotiated for lower fire and property insurance premiums, with some businesses winning reductions of 25-30%.

Everyone benefits when the air is cleared of secondhand smoke - even smokers. Workers become healthier. Healthier workers miss less work, are more productive and have lower healthcare costs. Smoke-free initiatives are good for your workers' health - and that's good for your bottom line.

1-800-QuitNow or 800-784-8669

Indiana Quitline

The quitline is designed to help Indiana Residents over the age of 13 to kick the habit of tobacco.

The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is a free phone-based counseling service that helps Indiana smokers quit. Services include:

  • One on one coaching for Tobacco Users who have decided to quit
  • Resources for Healthcare Providers who want to improve patient outcomes
  • Best Practices for Employers who want to implement smoke-free policies
  • Support for Family and Friends who want to help loved ones stop smoking
  • Tools for Tobacco Control partners to complement their current programs

Services are available to you 7 days-a-week in more than 170 languages. 
A trained quit coach will work with you and provide solutions tailored to your needs.

For support information call us today at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669).
www.indianaquitline.net

Voice

Voice

A Smoke-Free Indiana

Voice is Indiana teens fighting to make Indiana a smoke-free state. And they don't like how tobacco companies try to get teens hooked on cigarettes. Voice is a youth lead movement in Indiana that is fighting back against the tobacco industry.
"Every year 10,000 people die right here in Indiana due to a tobacco-related disease. The tobacco companies want teens to replace those smokers that die. Voice says NO WAY!"

WE are currently looking for Adults to lead our Voice kids.

If you are interested in learning more about Voice or becoming a member of the Gibson County Voice please visit our website at https://www.facebook.com/voiceindiana contact: ritaward@nwcable.net

 

Indiana's smokefree air law is here!

The Indiana The Secondhand Smoke Law goes into effect July 1, 2012. However, the smokefree debate is not over. Indiana has a new secondhand smoke law that still exposes many workers to deadly smoke. While we continue to fight for strong smokefree laws at the state and local level, it's important that all Hoosiers understand the specifics contained within the new Indiana law. So let's find out more about what places are covered, which are exempt and what it all means to you!

Smoking is now prohibited in public places, places of employment, and government buildings. This includes:

  • Offices and office buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel and motel rooms
  • Nursing homes
  • Mental health facilities
  • Bowling Alleys
  • Hospitals
  • Retail stores
  • Schools
  • Auditoriums, theaters and concert halls

The following are places that are exempt and smoking will be permitted:

  • Bars and taverns where patrons must be age 21+
  • Casinos/Riverboats
  • Horse racing facilities
  • Private Clubs, if majority membership votes to approve; must have smoking room
  • Cigar and Hookah Bars
  • Cigar manufacturing facilities that do not have retail sales
  • Businesses located in the owner's private residence

Where can I find more information?

For more information and more frequently asked question about the law, visit:  www.in.gov/atc  or
 download this informative PDF or www.breatheIndiana.com  and/or visit:

http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2012/HE/HE1149.1.html

 

Talk to your kids about Tobacco Use at an early age...

Teach kids about tobacco
  • Everyday more than 1,200 people in this country die due to smoking. For each of those deaths, at least two youth or young adults become regular smokers each day. Almost 90% of those replacement smokers smoke their first cigarette by age 18.
  • Rates of smokeless tobacco use are no longer declining and they appear to be increasing among some groups.
  • One out of five high school males smokes cigars.
  • Use of multiple tobacco products, cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco is common among youth.
  • Tobacco use by youth causes both immediate and long term damage. Early cardiovascular damage is seen in most young smokers. Smoking reduces lung function and retards lung growth. Teens who smoke are not only short of breath today, they may end up as adults with lungs that will never grow to full capacity. Such damage is permanent and increases the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Youth who are exposed to images of smoking in movies are more likely to smoke; those who get the most exposure to on screen smoking are about twice as likely to begin smoking as those who get the least exposure.

Helpful Links

To take advantage of all the activities planned on CDC Tobacco Free social media profiles, you may wish to proactively like and follow @CDCTobaccoFree on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to the Smoking & Tobacco Use playlist on YouTube.



 

More Questions?

For assistance, in-services or additional information please contact Rita Ward or email us at: ritaward@nwcable.net or visit us at our new facebook page.  tobaccofreegibsoncounty.