Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition

About

Since 2002, the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition of
LaPorte County has overseen the distribution of nearly $2 million in Master Tobacco Settlement
funds coming into LaPorte County.” To “Since 2002, Healthy Communities of LaPorte County has
overseen the distribution of nearly $2 million in Master Tobacco Settlement funds coming into
LaPorte County.

Our Focus

Our Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition focuses on four priority areas, which are to decrease youth and young adult tobacco
use rates, increase proportion of Hoosiers not exposed to secondhand smoke, decrease adult smoking rates, and maintain state and local infrastructure necessary to lower commercial tobacco use rates. We encourage partnerships and collaboration with all sectors of the community and advocacy for a wide variety of health equity issues.

There is still a great deal of work to be done. The coalition continues to support efforts to help residents quit smoking and preventing residents from becoming smokers.

Quit Smoking Now! Help is available!

HCLC is proud to offer assistance to those who want to quit smoking. The Master Settlement Funds and revenue from the state cigarette tax are currently being used to ensure trained counseling support, and nicotine replacement products are available to individuals who want to quit smoking. The Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) is a free phone-based counseling service helping Hoosier smokers quit. Individuals receive four support calls. Pregnant women trying to quit are encouraged with 10 support calls, continuing even after they give birth. Individuals can also receive a free two week supply of nicotine replacement patches or nicotine gum. HCLC is also proud to assist local businesses and organizations in developing a smoke-free policy for the workplace.

Smoke Free Workplaces

Indiana employers spend more per worker on health care compared to other states. Smoke-free businesses help protect employees from secondhand smoke. Often, smoke-free air policies at work encourage employees who smoke to consider quitting. Contact us or visit https://www.quitnowindiana.com/healthy-workplace for more information.

Smoke Free Multi-Unit Housing

There isn’t a safe level of secondhand smoke exposure and secondhand smoke can enter neighboring apartments triggering asthma attacks and other health issues.

We can assist property owners in adopting smoke free policies.

For more information on smoke free multiunit housing, contact us or visit http://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/tobacco/smokefree-environments/multi-unit-housing/

Smoke Free La Porte County Campaign

On July 1, 2012, Indiana passed a smoke-free air law. That means more Hoosiers are protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Unfortunately, all workers are not protected from secondhand smoke in the workplace. Bars, taverns, night clubs, casinos, private clubs (e.g. fraternal and veterans’ organizations), and retail tobacco shops are excluded from the law. A local ordinance could be passed in La Porte County protecting workers. According to the American Journal of Public Health, “Regional studies have suggested that the implementation of clean indoor air and tobacco control policies is not evenly distributed across the United States; communities with high education and income are more likely to adopt 100% smoke-free laws than communities with lower education and income; disparities also exist by race/ethnicity.
Read the full study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3698815/
Citation: Am J Public Health. 2013 May; 103(5): e62–e66.
Published online 2013 May. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301045

This means we are not protecting the most vulnerable La Porte County citizens. Many of our establishments are not covered by the state law and employ workers with limited means of securing a new job. Employment may depend on bus routes, hours, and benefits, making it almost impossible for workers to choose their health over their paycheck. If you are interested in helping with this campaign, contact us.

Electronic Cigarettes

The U.S. Surgeon General released a report in 2016 concluding that e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless and contains toxic chemicals,
including carcinogens and extremely addictive levels of nicotine. Increasing cigarette and tobacco product taxes can lower youth initiation of tobacco products, help adults quit tobacco use, and provide funding for much-needed health programs.

Increasing Cigarette and Tobacco Product Taxes

  • Lowers youth initiation
  • Help adults to quit
  • Provide funding for much-needed health programs

COVID-19 Information

How does COVID-19 affect people who use tobacco products? Researchers and medical professionals say that tobacco use increases the risk of developing serious adverse effects from COVID-19.

  • Cigarette smoking is a substantial risk factor for bacterial and viral infections. Cigarette smoking also appears to be a major risk factor for respiratory tract and other systemic infections.
  • In general, long-term smokers and e-cigarette users are at a heightened risk of developing chronic lung conditions. The CDC has said that those with serious underlying medical conditions, such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes, may be at a higher risk from COVID-19.
  • Smoking and vaping have been shown to affect the lungs and the immune system, which strongly suggests that using these products increases the risk of infection and worse outcomes from COVID-19.
  • Experts are warning, based on current research, that people with compromised health due to smoking or vaping and people with opioid, methamphetamine, cannabis, and other substance use disorders could find themselves at increased risk of COVID-19 and its more serious complications.
  • With the global outbreak of COVID-19, now is the best time to quit tobacco use in order to keep your body resilient against disease.
  • There are free resources available that Hoosiers can use in the comfort of their own home, including the Indiana Tobacco Quitline. Those who are ready to quit can call 1-800-Quit-Now for phone counseling, or by visiting QuitNowIndiana.com for more information.
  • Young people interested in quitting vaping can text DITCHJUUL to 88709 to enroll in the This Is Quitting text messaging program.
  • Vape Free Indiana has many great resources to help youth, parents, educators, and healthcare providers navigate issues surrounding vaping. Visit https://www.in.gov/vapefreeindiana/ for more information.

Tobacco Coalition

To be added to the distribution list for meeting information, please contact adrian@healthycommunitieslpc.org.