Tobacco-Free Parks

Tobacco-Free Parks

Tobacco-Free Parks Make Sense

Did you know that approximately 7% of Will County eighth grade students and about 23% of Will County twelfth grade students are currently using tobacco products? (Will County Illinois Youth Survey, 2014). According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, about 11,100 kids under 18 become new daily smokers in Illinois each year. As youth are easily influenced by the people around them, how can we, as a community, work to ensure that youth are surrounded by positive role models? By prohibiting tobacco use at recreational facilities, parks, and playgrounds, we can help establish a tobacco-free community norm and can promote a healthier environment!

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Smoke Free Housing

Policy for Shared Living Facilities

Smoke-free housing policies benefit the health and the safety of residents by eliminating dangerous chemicals emitted by secondhand and thirdhand smoke. Other benefits include the reduced risk of building fires and the decreased costs of rehabilitating rental units.

Reality Illinois Teens Working On Another Southern Will County Tobacco Prevention Initiative

Reality Illinois Teens Working On Another Southern Will County Tobacco Prevention Initiative

These Teens Take Tobacco Prevention to a New Level

JOLIET-The Will County Health Department has enlisted Reality Illinois (RI) teens in another project designed to reduce teen smoking rates in Southern Will County.

Tobacco Free Parks A Reality In Wilmington

Tobacco Free Parks A Reality In Wilmington

Ordinance Championed By Reality Illinois Teens Earns City Council Approval

JOLIET – The Wilmington City Council adopted an ordinance making most city parks tobacco free December 15, thanks largely to a group of committed teens from Wilmington High School.

Reality Illinois

Educate Teens on the Health Effects of Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke

REALITY Illinois is an anti-tobacco campaign developed by Illinois' teens and funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as part of the Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities Program. The Program's goal is to educate teens on the health effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke and on how tobacco companies target teens through deceptive advertising and marketing practices.



Tobacco Control and Prevention

Tobacco Control and Prevention

Programs and Services to Decrease Tobacco Use

 

 

The Tobacco Control & Prevention (TC&P) program offers a variety of programs and services to decrease tobacco use rates, to keep youth tobacco-free and to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke. All programs are open to the Will County community including schools, corporations, and the public.  We offer technical assistance and support with the development of  tobacco retailer licensing ordinances, tobacco-free parks, worksites, college campus, and housing policies. 

Contact: Cindy Jackson, Program Manager

Phone:  815-727-8824

Email:  cjackson@willcountyhealth.org  



Tobacco Education Lending Library for Educators

The Will County Health Department Tobacco Control & Prevention program is pleased to be able to provide a lending library of tobacco education materials, including curriculum, visual aids and videos to educate youth on the harms of tobacco use.  Materials are available for teachers and nursing students to check out in order to provide impactful tobacco prevention education at schools and communities within Will County.  

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Smoke Free Illinois Act

Prohibits Smoking inside any Public Place or Place of Employment

On January 1, 2008 all workplaces were required to go smoke free. The Smoke Free Illinois Act prohibits smoking inside any public place or place of employment including but not limited to the following places: bars, restaurants, casinos, bowling alleys, retail stores, elevators, indoor theaters, office buildings, factories, banquet halls, concert halls, nursing homes, schools, private clubs, etc. Smoking is also prohibited within 15 feet from entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that serve an enclosed area where smoking is prohibited.

Tobacco-Free College Campuses

Beginning on July 1, 2015, all State-supported universities and public community colleges will be required to go smoke-free

Beginning on July 1, 2015, all State-supported universities and public community colleges will be required to go smoke-free.  The Illinois Smoke Free Campus Act will prohibit smoking on all campus property including buildings, grounds, parking lots, and vehicles that are owned or operated by a State-supported university or public community college.  The Act defines “smoking” as the carrying, smoking, burning, inhaling, or exhaling of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, hookah, weed, herbs, or other lighted smoking equipment.  “Smoking” also includes products containing or delivering nicotine intended or expected for human consumption.

The prohibitions on smoking in the Act must be communicated to all students, guests, and employees on or before May 1, 2015.

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Tobacco-Free Work Sites

A tobacco-free work site campus policy is one of the most effective and lasting approaches to reducing employee tobacco use. All indoor workplaces in Illinois are required by law to be smoke free. Extending a work site’s tobacco policy to cover workplace grounds as well as buildings provides the strongest support for employees to quit smoking. The Tobacco Control & Prevention program can provide technical assistance to help work sites lower their health care costs and improve productivity and environmental quality by developing and implementing comprehensive tobacco-free work site policy.

 

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Travel Immunization

Travel Immunization

Types of Immunizations and Fees

The following table displays the available vaccines and the cost. Pre-travel consultation is available for $50.00 for the first person; $25.00 for each additional person in the family.

Call 815-740-8143 for and appointment and information.  Daytime, early morning and late afternoon appointments are available.  Please schedule your appointment at least 4 weeks before your date of departure for maximum protection from vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Health Department Employees Have Room to Grow

Health Department Employees Have Room to Grow

New Organic to Grow Vegetables, Promote Wellness

Will County Health Department employees with a green thumb can soon till the soil at work.  At least 35 employees have signed up for an innovative program spearheaded by the agency’s employee wellness committee and the University of Illinois Extension.
Add Vaccines to Your Back-To-School Checklist

Add Vaccines to Your Back-To-School Checklist

August is National Immunizations Awareness Month

The Will County Health Department is reminding parents to include immunizations on their child's back-to-school checklist.  Immunizations are equally important for college students.
NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH IS A LIFELONG JOURNEY, STARTING AT INFANCY

NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH IS A LIFELONG JOURNEY, STARTING AT INFANCY

Breastfeeding is the Best Possible Start for a Child

In the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Special Supplemental Nutrition Program), nutrition begins first and foremost during a future mom’s pregnancy.
HIGH RISK PREGNANCIES GET HELP THROUGH "BETTER BIRTH OUTCOMES"

HIGH RISK PREGNANCIES GET HELP THROUGH "BETTER BIRTH OUTCOMES"

Risk Factors Could Include Age, Weight, Illness, Domestic Situation, Others

The first step is for these expectant mothers to know that the Better Birth Outcomes program is available to them.
AVOIDING LEAD POISONING IN CHILDREN BEGINS WITH CAUTION

AVOIDING LEAD POISONING IN CHILDREN BEGINS WITH CAUTION

Everything from Paint in Your House; to What They Put in Their Mouths

A full 50 years after the research of Clair Cameron Patterson on the dangers of lead took off in the 60s, there are still many dangers out there.

WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AGAIN MARKS "NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY" IN A TASTY WAY

WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AGAIN MARKS "NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY" IN A TASTY WAY

Department's Wellness Committee Making Donation to American Heart Association; Serving Special Oatmeal Breakfast

Joliet- The Will County Health Department Wellness Committee will once again be encouraging everyone to wear red, think healthy hearts, and eat healthy food with their National Wear Red Day Oatmeal Bar.

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TRAVEL VACCINATIONS: THE WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS A TOP SOURCE OF INFORMATION

TRAVEL VACCINATIONS: THE WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS A TOP SOURCE OF INFORMATION

Be Fully Prepared Before Going Out of the Country or Overseas

Joliet- Are you still looking to escape the winter?  If that’s on your agenda, checking into travel vaccinations should be on your agenda as well.


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Prediabetes: It’s Real, and You May Have It

Prediabetes: It’s Real, and You May Have It

Know Where you Stand

The Ad Council in partnership with the American Diabetes Association, the American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have teamed up to develop the Prediabetes: It’s Real, and You May Have It campaign.

Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

Get Covered Illinois

Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance   Even with Open Enrollment 2015 officially over, there may still be opportunities to get you and your family health coverage. But do not wait until it’s too late. Call the Will County Health Department’s In-Person Counselor (IPC) program to check if you can still get coverage. 1-815-727-5990.

The Will County Health Department has four full-time In-Person Counselors on staff available to assist individuals and families with enrolling for health coverage (Medicaid and the Marketplace).

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