Tobacco Cessation & Prevention
Tips for Quitting
- Call the toll-free Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES 866-784-8937 to see if you qualify for free nicotine patches.
- Cut back by one cigarette every two days until you are down to 15 cigarettes per day, then go cold turkey. Instead of smoking after a meal, brush your teeth and go for a walk.
- Quit smoking in the car. Quit smoking in the house. Quit smoking!
Smoking & Diabetes
Most people who have diabetes know that quitting smoking can help them manage their diabetes. But did you know quitting smoking may lower the risk of developing diabetes? Studies show that smoking affects how well a person's body uses insulin. Smoking raises blood sugar levels which makes it harder to control diabetes, and puts people at greater risk for developing diabetes. Once a person has diabetes, smoking increases their risk for heart disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage. Smoking also damages blood vessels and can increase a person's risk of foot ulcers and infections. If you already have diabetes quitting smoking is advised. If you smoke and have other risk factors for developing diabetes such as: being over age 45; having a parent or sibling who has diabetes; being overweight; or being a woman who had gestational diabetes, it is important to reduce the risk factors you can control - like quitting smoking! For assistance in quitting, call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 866-784-8937, where quitters always win. For more information regarding tobacco prevention and control, call the Livingston County Public Health Department at 815-844-7174.
Tips for Reducing Exposure to Second-hand Smoke
- Make your home a smoke-free zone. Call the health department and request a no-smoking window decal or sign.
- Make your vehicle a smoke-free zone.
Second-hand smoke has been classified as a Group A carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a rating used only for substances proven to cause cancer in humans.
Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for ear infections and are more likely to need an operation to insert ear tubes for drainage (American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery).
Tips for Making Livingston County a Tobacco-Free Community
Interested in helping our county increase the number of citizens who are enjoying the smoke-free life? Call the health department to see how you can participate in activities of the Livingston County Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Coalition.
Talk to middle-school and junior high school students about the benefits of living smoke-free. These young people (especially the girls) are the tobacco industries' Number 1 target audience for new customers.