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Prevention

Tasks Forces and Advisory Groups
Local health departments though out Illinois have formed collaborative partnerships with social service agencies, colleges & universities, national organizations, and various other community partners to address tobacco. Contact your local health department for more information.

Michigan Model Comprehensive School Health Education Curriculum
The curriculum helps youth develop skills to prevent tobacco use and form many healthy behaviors. A collaborative effort with University of Illinois Extension, Southern Illinois Healthcare, Jackson County Health Department, and Franklin Williamson Bi-County Health Department has been formed with local schools to implement this comprehensive curriculum.

Make Yours A Fresh Start Family
Make Yours A Fresh Start Family attempts to increase smoking cessation as well as decrease exposure to second-hand smoke. Efforts focus on decreasing smoking among pregnant, post-partum and lactating women.

Smoke Free That's Me!
Smoke Free That's Me! is a prevention program designed for second, fourth, and sixth grade students. The goal is to educate school children on the hazards of smoking while focusing on issues most closely related to these age specific groups. Topics include lung health, peer pressure, and advertising.

Monster Cigarette
Monster Cigarette is presented to all children, ages 3-5 who attend the Head Start and Pre-K programs in the Southern Seven county area. This program is designed to help students understand the harmful effects of second hand smoke. Children learn about the toxic substances found in cigarettes.

NStep
NSTEP provides community presentations at sporting events and recreation activities to inform the public of the dangers of smokeless tobacco.

TATU-Teens Against Tobacco Use
TATU is a prevention program that uses a peer education approach to prevent youth smoking and involves adult instructors, teen trainers and elementary school children.

Kids Can't Buy 'Em Here
This program is targeted to businesses that sell cigarettes. It combines mock compliance checks with education in order to eliminate tobacco products from being accessible and available to youth under the age of 18. Vendors are educated about the minimum age of sale and placement of products. Meanwhile, local youth volunteers are recruited to go on mock compliance checks to determine how successful vendors are at not selling tobacco products.




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