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Fountain/Warren Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Program

The Fountain/Warren Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Program works with school corporations, employers, healthcare providers, local and state government, and community organizations to; reduce youth smoking rates, reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, reduce adult smoking rates, and maintain an infrastructure necessary to reduce tobacco use in the community. The program is overseen by an Advisory Board that meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month. The public is welcome to attend. Check out the latest version of the Fountain/Warren Co. Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Program newsletter.

March 2017 Newsletter

The Fountain/Warren Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Program is funded through a grant from the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission a division of the Indiana State Department of Health.  Tobacco kills thousands of Hoosiers every year, leaving behind heart-broken families and costing Indiana’s taxpayers millions of healthcare dollars. To learn more about tobacco’s harmful effects on Indiana, visit the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission.

The State of Indiana adopted a statewide smokefree air law that went into effect on July 1, 2012. This law covers all workplaces and public places, with exemptions for stand alone bars and taverns, private/membership clubs (requires a vote of the membership) and gaming facilities. The law is enforced through a complaint-based system.

Smoking Ban Complaint system

Please feel free to contact Kathy Walker at kwalker@capwi.org or 793-4881 with any questions regarding the Fountain/Warren Tobacco Program.


Indiana Tobacco Quitline

Quitting tobacco is hard.  You may have tried to quit several times before.  Don’t give up!  Each attempt moves you closer toward success.  You can quit and the Indiana Tobacco Quitline will help you break free.  There is no cost to use the quitline.  The quit line is a highly effective, evidence-based tobacco cessation program available by phone and through the 24-hour WebCoach free of charge to Indiana residents. Call 1-800-784-8669  or visit the QuitNow website. The quitline is available to youth ages 13 to 17 as well as adults.

Quit Coaches offer practical advice and tips such as:

The quitline is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Services are available in both English and Spanish. TTY services are available for the hearing impaired at TTY: 877-777-6534


VOICE – Indiana’s statewide youth movement against the marketing tactics of Big Tobacco

VOICE is a statewide initiative to engage, educate, and empower youth to rid their communities of tobacco products and celebrate a tobacco free lifestyle.  VOICE wants you to be part of the movement! Join us by participating in community, state-wide, and national movements.

Visit http://www.voiceindiana.org/ to learn more and get connected!!


Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

According to several Surgeon General Reports, secondhand smoke can cause serious health problems in children and adults.  Secondhand smoke can trigger an asthma attack and cause more severe and frequent asthma attacks.  Secondhand smoke increases the risk for SIDS. Infants who die from SIDS have higher concentrations of nicotine in their lungs and higher levels of cotinine (a biological marker for secondhand smoke exposure) than infants who die from other causes. For adults, exposure to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and can cause coronary heart disease.    Even brief exposure can damage the lining of blood vessels and cause blood platelets to become stickier. These changes can cause a deadly heart attack.  Secondhand smoke causes an estimated 3,400 lung cancer deaths among U.S. nonsmokers each year.  Even brief exposure can damage cells in ways that set the cancer process in motion.  The longer the duration and the higher the level of exposure to secondhand smoke, the greater the risk of developing lung cancer.

If you or someone you know has been affected by secondhand smoke and have a story to tell, let us know

Contact Kathy Walker kwalker@capwi.org or call her at 793-4881.


Electronic Cigarettes

E-cigarette use among both youth and young adults has increased considerably in recent years. In 2015, more than a quarter of students in grades 6 through 12 and more than a third of young adults had ever tried e-cigarettes.  E-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people in the United States.  Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body. Even breathing e-cigarette aerosol that someone else has exhaled poses potential health risks.  Learn more about what the Surgeon General has to say about e-cigarettes.

Surgeon General Report

E-cigarettes are not FDA-approved cessation aids. Other methods, however, such as counseling and FDA-approved medications, have been shown to help tobacco users quit successfully.16 Tobacco users who want to quit should contact a healthcare provider for assistance and call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-784-8669 or visit http://www.quitnowindiana.com/ for evidence-based support, advice, and resources.

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