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!

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


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.  

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.

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.


Family Health Services News

Program Offers Will County Smokers Telephone-Based Cessation Counseling

Resources Available to Help You Quit Smoking

JOLIET – Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., prompting the Will County Health Department to remind area residents that powerful resources are available to help those wishing to kick the habit. The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a free, telephone-based cessation counseling service provided to Illinois tobacco users who want to quit smoking for good. Callers to the Quitline (1-866-QUIT-YES) can talk confidentially and free of charge to registered nurses and respiratory therapists, who are certified tobacco treatment counselors.

Health Department Offers Winter Weather Tips

Winter Weather Illness Poses Special Problems

JOLIET – Chicagoland Winters can be great for outdoor enthusiasts and hot chocolate lovers, but the cold weather months can be difficult if people fail to take appropriate health and safety precautions. Winter weather illness can pose special problems. Recognizing symptoms and common sense can help you to avoid potentially serious issues in the cold and snow.

State Extends Health Insurance Enrollment

Health Department Navigators Spreading The Word, Helping To Enroll Eligible Area Residents

JOLIET – Monday, December 23, is the new deadline for those who want to receive health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on January 1, 2014. The Will County Health Department has four specially trained Navigators to assist, answer questions and work with Will County residents on enrollment free of charge. To reach a Health Department health insurance Navigator, call 815-727-5990. All who enroll by December 23, will have affordable health insurance coverage beginning in the new year.  However, you can enroll in Marketplace options through March 31, 2014.  Medicaid enrollment is open all year round.

Quit Smoking Resources for Will County Healthcare Providers

Referral to quit smoking services

Telephone Quitlines have been shown to be effective in providing wide access to evidence-based cessation counseling.  Healthcare providers and systems can take advantage of the availability of Quitline services by implementing a system that regularly refers patients to the Quitline through electronic or fax referrals.

Quit Smoking Resources for Worksites

Worksite Wellness

Free quit smoking programs are available to worksites that want to assist employees in adopting a healthier lifestyle.  Read more to find out how the Illinois Tobacco Quitline and the Freedom From Smoking program can help your employees to quit smoking for good.
Will County All Our Kids Network Working to Prevent Child Abuse

Will County All Our Kids Network Working to Prevent Child Abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Will County All Our Kids Network (AOK) is working to promote the cause. AOK, which provides linkages to a wide range of community services, has developed a “traveling garden” to promote awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month. The garden is comprised of blue child abuse pinwheels and a large sign decorated in blue and white that reads “prevent child abuse.”


Smoke-Free Policy Implemented

On October 1, Joshua Arms of LSSI Senior Residence implemented a smoke-free policy, which will make its building healthier and safer by preventing smoking inside of the facility.  To commemorate the occasion, Joshua Arms, located at 1315 South Rowell Avenue in Joliet, hosted a smoke-free celebration early Monday.