Health Education - Tobacco Use Prevention

Health Educators promote healthy lifestyles and educate people, young and old, so that they can make informed decisions about their health.

Health educators present programs and promote healthy behaviors in schools, workplaces, health fairs, and other settings. Our health educators are active on, or lead, a variety of committees and coalitions that are working to improve the health of Licking County residents.



Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. Despite these risks, approximately 46.6 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipes also have deadly consequences, including lung, larynx, esophageal, and oral cancers.

The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation program aims to decrease tobacco use in Licking County by encouraging tobacco-free environments and promoting cessation efforts. LCHD representatives either lead, or participate in a variety of community coalitions working toward reducing the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Licking County.

These include the Tobacco Use Reduction Network, the Licking County Wellness Coalition and Our Futures in Licking County. Tobacco use prevention is also included in LCHD’s Partners in Wellness school health curriculum.

The Numbers

  • Ohio Adult Smoking Rate: 22.5%
  • Ohio High School Smoking Rate: 19.4%
  • Ohio Middle School Smoking Rate: 4.5%
  • Ohio Deaths Caused by Smoking each year: 18,590
  • Ohio Annual Cost of Tobacco Use: $9,174,669,000

               *Source: American Lung Association, State of Tobacco Control 2012

  • Licking County Adult Smoking Rate: 25%
  • Source: Licking County Health Department, 2012 Community Health Assessment
  • Percent of Licking County 12th grade students who have smoked in past month: 25.5%
  • Percent of Licking County 10th grade students who have smoked in past month: 12.2%
  • Percent of Licking County youth (6th-12th grade) who have used any tobacco product (past month): 14.2%

                Source: Our Futures in Licking County, 2012 PRIDE Survey


Tobacco Use Reduction Network (TURN)

The Tobacco Use Reduction Network (TURN) is a coalition of local agencies and concerned citizens who are working to reduce the smoking rate in Licking County. Health Commissioner, Joe Ebel, set a goal of reducing the smoking rate by 50% over 10 years, from 26% in 2013 to 13% in 2023.

This group has developed a strategic action plan, and is dedicated to reducing the health impacts of smoking in our youth and adults. For infomation on joining TURN contact Hilary R. at (740) 349-6500.




stand is a youth engagement program for Ohio students age 11 to 17 focused on tobacco prevention and cessation. Through this program, students will educate their peers and their community about tobacco use.

Youth are encouraged to stand up and speak out against big tobacco. stand is a youth-led campaign. This means the students will ultimately decide the activities in which they engage. For more information about the Licking County stand teams, contact Hilary R. at (740) 349-6500.


Tobacco-Free Schools

Tobacco-Free Schools

Tobacco-free schools promote healthy lifestyles and provide positive role-modeling for children. You can encourage your school district to adopt and enforce tobacco-free policies that prohibit tobacco use at all times (24/7) on all school property by students, teachers, spectators, and visitors. Contact your school board members to express your concern and ask them to take action to protect children from exposure to secondhand smoke and set a healthy example for students to follow. For more information, visit our Tobacco-Free Schools page.

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Smoke-Free Homes and Multi-Unit Housing

Secondhand smoke is the smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe. Secondhand smoke can make you and your children sick.

Secondhand Smoke is Dangerous. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for smokers, but did you know:
• Breathing in someone else’s cigarette, pipe or cigar smoke can make you and your children sick.
• Children who live in homes where people smoke may get sick more often with coughs, wheezing, ear infections, bronchitis or pneumonia.
• Children with asthma may have asthma attacks that are more severe or occur more often.
• Opening windows or using fans or air conditioners will not stop secondhand smoke exposure.
• The U.S. Surgeon General says that secondhand smoke can cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS.
• Secondhand smoke also can cause lung cancer and heart disease.

Keeping a smoke-free home and car can help improve your health, the health of your children and the health of your community.

Take the Smoke-Free Home Pledge

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing information for landlords and tenants

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Tobacco Use Reduction Programs

Tobacco-Free Worksite Campus Policies

An American Productivity Audit found that tobacco use was a leading cause of worker lost production time — more than alcohol abuse or family emergencies.
Unlike smoke-free indoor policies, Tobacco Free Campus policies are not solely designed to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke but rather are also intended to encourage employees to improve their health by quitting the use of tobacco products. Tobacco-free campuses create work environments in which tobacco users find it easier to reduce their consumption or quit altogether. To make your worksite tobacco-free, call Health Educator Nicole Smith at (740) 349-1663 or email  For more info visit: Implementing a Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative

Kickin' Ash Splash Pool Party

Annual tobacco, drug, and alcohol free event for the whole family hosted at the Heath City Water Park. If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering please contact us.

Ready to Quit? - Tobacco Cessation Resources

Licking County Tobacco Cessation Resources Brochure
Ohio Quitlogix Free 24/7 online help for all Ohioans
Licking Memorial Hospital “Quit for Your Health” program 220-564-7848 Free in-person counseling for all Licking County residents. Nicotine replacement therapy available. is a free, interactive website that shows smokers how to re-learn life without cigarettes.

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Smoking & Tobacco Use
Ohio Department of Health Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program
The Community Guide – Tobacco Interventions
American Cancer Society
American Lung Association
American Heart Association
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Funding is provided to the Licking County Health Department by the Ohio Department of Health, Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program, which is supported by Cooperative Agreement number 5U58DP001983-05 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of either the Ohio Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.