The Tobacco Prevention Coalition
The Tobacco Prevention Coalition aims to help you enjoy your life tobacco free. This website was created to help and inform tobacco users how to quit as well as provide information to community members who want to know about local tobacco initiatives.
When a cigarette is lit, more than 4,000 chemicals are released into the atmosphere. Of those 4,000 chemicals, there are at least 50 known to cause cancer and other health problems. The leading cause of death in the United States is coronary heart disease, which can be caused by smoking. Next time you think about smoking a cigarette, consider all the chemicals you are putting into your body.
Smokeless tobacco, also referred to as chewing tobacco, contains many cancer-causing agents. In fact, using smokeless tobacco increases the user’s chance of developing various oral cancers by 50%. Not only can this form of tobacco cause cancer, but it can also cause cardiovascular problems like cigarettes. One dip and you can become addicted.
E-cigarettes are not an FDA regulated device, meaning there are no safety standards in place for the various components. The liquid cartridges can contain toxic levels of nicotine, capable of poisoning a small child or pet. When you smoke an e-cigarette, you are receiving up to 14 milligrams of formaldehyde, a chemical that has been linked to various forms of cancer. Do these devices sound safe to you?
The Indiana Tobacco Quitline
The Quitline is a free phone-based counseling service that helps Indiana tobacco users quit.
After 30 years of smoking cigarettes, Lori Dunham of Terre Haute finally quit for good. “I quit because I was diagnosed with coronary heart disease. My doctor told me I needed to quit or I would have a heart attack and possibly die. It was a really easy choice to make.” Read her story.