Did you know Indiana has the second highest smoking rate in the U.S.? The Tobacco Education & Preventions Coalition for Porter County (TEPCPC) was formed with the support of Smoke Free Indiana and Valparaiso University’s College of Nursing, and funded through a grant from the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation agency.
TEPCPC is committed to saving lives by reducing tobacco use and eradicating health disparities related to tobacco use by protecting residents from secondhand smoke. The organization works to prevent and reduce tobacco use and access to tobacco products for young adults. The program promotes tobacco control initiatives for the purpose of reducing tobacco use through the power of education.
The comprehensive program includes building a strong community-based coalition with various partners; reducing youth initiation and access to tobacco products; protecting Hoosiers from exposure to secondhand smoke, and promoting and using cessation resources.
Tobacco use can cause
- Eight different types of cancer
- Heart disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Tobacco use can promote and/or exacerbate asthma, HIV, and diabetes. Short term effects of tobacco use include shortness of breath, mouth cancer, yellow fingers and nails, wrinkles, reduced circulation, and an increase in illnesses in general.
Tobacco use is the single most preventable health problem facing our generation. It kills more than 438,000 people annually in the U.S., which is more than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined.
Approximately 37% of high school students in Indiana use tobacco.
In Indiana, it’s estimated more than 22 million packs of cigarettes are sold each year to underage smokers.
Did you know you could join the fight against tobacco-related deaths? TEPCPC is dedicated to building a healthier community by reducing tobacco use. The coalition meets on the second Thursday of every month at Ivy Tech Community College. All are welcome.
Need help quitting tobacco? Call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. This program is a free phone-based counseling service that helps Hoosiers quit using tobacco.