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

Reality Illinois

Educate Teens on the 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.

 

 



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.  

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.

 

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Family Health Services News
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

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.
ON WORLD HEPATITIS DAY: LEARN YOUR STATUS

ON WORLD HEPATITIS DAY: LEARN YOUR STATUS

Hepatitis C Can Hide in Your Body for Years Before Causing Liver Disease

 A silent epidemic for many years throughout our country.
Will Co Rabid Bat Number Six of Year Found in Lockport

Will Co Rabid Bat Number Six of Year Found in Lockport

No Human Exposure, Cat was Up to Date on Vaccinations

Discovered Saturday the 30th, tested positive Tuesday and 2nd.
Plainfield Dist 202 Students Combine with Will Co Health Dept on Updated Plainfield Parks Smoking Policy

Plainfield Dist 202 Students Combine with Will Co Health Dept on Updated Plainfield Parks Smoking Policy

Complete Ban on Tobacco Use Includes E-Cigarettes

Dist 202’s Heritage Grove Middle School kids deserve much of the credit.
Will County's Latest Rabid Bat Found in Monee

Will County's Latest Rabid Bat Found in Monee

Fifth Bat to Test Positive for Rabies in 2018

A resident noticed dogs playing with the bat on the patio under the table.
Third and Fourth Rabid Bats Found In Will County; No Human Treatment Needed

Third and Fourth Rabid Bats Found In Will County; No Human Treatment Needed

Indoor/Outdoor Cat Given Rabies Booster

One more in Joliet, one in Homer Glen.
Second Will County Rabid Bat of Season Found in South Naperville

Second Will County Rabid Bat of Season Found in South Naperville

Trapped After it Flew into a Washing Machine

Bats discovered in Will County need to be reported immediately to Will County Animal Control at 815-462-5633
First Rabid Bat of Season Caught in Joliet

First Rabid Bat of Season Caught in Joliet

Three Family Members Exposed to Bat Given Information, Options

Bats need to be immediately reported to Animal Control.
June 1st: Immunizations BY APPOINTMENT at Will Co Health Dept

June 1st: Immunizations BY APPOINTMENT at Will Co Health Dept

Make Appointment by Calling 815-740-8143 or 877-942-5807

Applies to Joliet, Monee, and Bolingbrook Immunizations Clinics.
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