Ford County Public Health Department supports, educates and instructs Ford County residents on how they can receive counseling and support, and free nicotine replacement products through the Illinois Tobacco Quitline. Additionally, Ford County Public Health Department monitors compliance of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act.
Illinois Tobacco Quitline
The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a free telephonic or phone resource for individuals wanting to quit tobacco or tobacco-related products.
The Quitline’s counselors — nurses, respiratory therapists, and tobacco-cessation specialists — all have at least 25 years of medical experience and attend accredited, renowned nicotine dependence training programs to become certified in tobacco-cessation therapies.
They also are qualified to offer guidance in lung health and disease-related comorbidities, in addition to tobacco cessation. Because many are formers smokers, too, they know the challenges it takes to quit for good.
Staff can offer free advice, addicition help, personalized quit plan, cravings support, nicotene replacement products, follow up, and more. For more information, please call 1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937), or visit: https://quityes.org/index.php
Smoke-Free Illinois Act
The Smoke-free Illinois Act prohibits smoking in virtually all public places and workplaces, including offices, theaters, museums, libraries, educational institutions, schools, commercial establishments, enclosed shopping centers and retail stores, restaurants, bars, private clubs and gaming facilities.
Illinois has taken this important step to protect its residents, workers and visitors from the harmful and hazardous effects of secondhand smoke. (Effective January 1, 2008)
For more information, please visit: http://www.smoke-free.illinois.gov/.
To view the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, visit: https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2893&ChapterID=35
For more information about the Quitline or the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, please contact Ford County Public Health Department at (217) 379-9281.
Christy Wallace, Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities Program Coordinator