August is National Children's
Eye Health and Safety Month..


Secondhand smoke or Passive smoking has negative effects on the eyes of children exposed to tobacco smoke. One of the eye diseases and conditions associated with exposure to tobacco smoke in children include: Strabismus

Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes become misaligned (e.g. crossed eyes). Maternal smoking during pregnancy is associated with a 6.55 times increased risk of strabismus amongst children.  

If you or someone you know is ready to free themselves from tobacco, free resources for quitting are available: 1.800.Quit.Now (1-800-784-8669) or (1-855-335-3569) (for Spanish speakers) or visit -This free service offers many resources, including coaching, help with making a quit plan, educational materials, referrals to other resources where you live, information on FDA-approved cessation medications, and, in some cases, free or discounted cessation medications.

If you vape, you’re 4x more likely to smoke. Safer ≠ safe.

It's Back to School Time.... Parents do you know what is in your child's pack back?

Parents you are never too late to be educated! Below are new public concerns about tobacco product IQOS: 


Several Indiana youth and coordinators recently joined the Truth Initiative in Cincinnati for the Truth Action Summit. Howard County was proud to be a part of making a difference with youth in Indiana!

What does research show?

According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, suggests that erectile dysfunction (ED) is more likely in men who smoke compared to those who never did. But in younger men with ED, cigarette smoking is very likely the cause. Improve your sex life by calling 1.800.Quit.Now.

Quick Facts about Mental Health and Tobacco Addiction:

In an effort to better support tobacco users with mental health conditions, the Indiana Tobacco Quitline is now offering the intensive Tobacco Cessation Behavioral Health Program (TCBHP) to meet the needs of this population. The program design includes higher intensity behavioral and pharmacological support consisting of:

• 7 scheduled calls scheduled to provide additional support during the pre-quit planning phase and prevent relapse. 
• 12-week regimen of combination therapy NRT.
• A letter sent to the participant’s health care provider informing them that their patient is attempting to quit tobacco and giving them some suggestions on how they can support them in the process.
• A team of dedicated Coaches who have received additional extensive training on mental illness and tobacco cessation and who are able to flex intervention content and tailor the treatment to these participants.


Tobacco Free Howard County is a coalition including local partners, nonprofit, health ,faith and community organizations committed to educating the public on the deadly hazards of tobacco use. We are committed to decreasing secondhand exposure, encouraging smoking cessation (1.800.Quit.Now) and youth advocacy to improve a healthier smoke free community.


Protect and maintain a tobacco control alliance infrastructure needed to combat tobacco use, as well as work locally to reduce tobacco use.

Work to protect Hoosiers from exposure to secondhand smoke, supporting local and/or statewide smoke-free air ordinances. 

Promote the Indiana Quitline (1-800-QUIT NOW) and support employers by providing tobacco treatment resources at their workplace.

Promote and educate the community about tobacco point-of-sale strategies implemented at the local level to entice youth to smoke.


For more information, contact Shirley Dubois, Tobacco Free Coordinator, at: 765.513.8514 or

For more information on cessation, visit:

For more information about the smoke free ordinance, visit:

Community Support

After decades of progress lowering smoking rates, we know what works to protect youth from tobacco products. We need state lawmakers to act this year to make sure communities have the resources they need to do this work. Raising the cigarette tax by $2 will generate resources to take on this epidemic. #RaiseItForHealth

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