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Tobacco prevention and control efforts in Illinois center on four specific and measurable goals:

  • Preventing the initiation of tobacco use among young people.
  • Promoting cessation among young people and adults.
  • Eliminating the exposure of non-smokers to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).
  • Identifying and eliminating the disparities related to tobacco use and its effects among different population groups.

It is within the context of these four over-arching goals that all tobacco prevention and control activities in Illinois are carried out. The Illinois Department of Public Health is collaborating with a variety of partner organizations to develop innovative community interventions and programs to address these goals.


Adolescent Tobacco Use - Prevention and Cessation

Strategies for Primary Care Providers

The vast majority of smokers begin tobacco use before the age of 20, with surveys indicating first use occurring most frequently at age 12. Primary care providers can play a role in the lives of these youth, but need information and training to make tobacco use intervention a key ingredient in their health care strategies for youth.

Funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health's, Tobacco-Free Communities Program, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, in conjunction with the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has developed a consensus report on adolescent tobacco use* -- identifying prevention and cessation strategies for primary care providers. The goals of this continuing medical education project are to train primary care medical professionals in Illinois to proactively request information about their young patients’ tobacco use; to utilize appropriate medical treatments and social interventions to increase cessation attempts among adolescent patients; and to maintain their support of cessation and prevention strategies in subsequent patient visits.

Primary care providers interested in CME-accredited self-study should visit one of the following Web sites: <www.familypractice.com>, <www.iafp.org>, or <www.illinoisaap.com>.

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Illinois Tobacco QuitLine Campaign

866-QUIT YESView examples of the current billboard campaign for the Illinois Tobacco QuitLine program.

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Click on any of the 866-QUIT YESbuttons located throughout this site for information on how to help you or a loved one stop smoking.


Health Education Center Partnerships

Each year, health education centers in Illinois host thousands of schoolchildren and deliver a variety of health-related messages that complement school-based programs. Under the Health Education Center Partnerships, the three major Illinois health education centers receive funding to expand their tobacco prevention curricula by providing the best science-based health messages.