Tobacco

Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line

Kicking the Habit!

Call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line.  You will talk with someone who knows all about quitting and can help you through it.  The Quit Line coach will help you learn what you can do to quit successfully.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for TTY  1-877-777-6534 Quit Line hours: 7 am to 11 pm daily.  If you call at other times, just leave a message and you’ll be called back within two business days.   For more information contact UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention by visiting www.ctri.wisc.edu/quitline

Fax to Quit

If you’re thinking about quitting tobacco but having difficulty getting started, call the Health Department at 715-478-3371.  You can either speak to or make an appointment to meet with one of our nurses.  The nurse will help you assess your readiness to quit, assist you with a plan and arrange follow-up (which may include referral to the Wisconsin Fax to Quit program).  After you meet with the nurse, you may decide to take advantage of the Quit Line counseling.  The nurse will have you complete a brief smoking history and contact information form.  The form will be faxed to the Quit Line, and a Quit Line coach will call you on the day, time and phone number you request.

First Breath

The First Breath program is designed specify to help pregnant women quit smoking.  Sponsored by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, (a non-profit organization) to help pregnant women in Wisconsin quit smoking and reduce the risk of serious health problems to both mother and child.  The program provides 1:1 support during and after pregnancy, and resources available through the Quit Line.  Call the Health Department at 715-478-3371 to speak to or make an appointment to meet with our First Breath nurse.

Wisconsin WINS Program

The WI WINS program is a state and local partnership dedicated to protect children from the health hazards of tobacco, and decrease youth access to tobacco products. In Wisconsin, the 2001 the illegal sale rate of tobacco products to minors was over 33%.  By 2009, the average non-compliance rate for the state of Wisconsin was only 7%!

The CDC estimates that every day in the United States 3,600 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 years initiate cigarette smoking.  Statistics show smokers and smokeless tobacco users who began using in their youth, have more difficulty quitting later in life than those who began as adults.

WI WINS activities include retailer education and training, media outreach, community education, and investigations to establish retailer compliance with the law.  By decreasing youth access to tobacco, youth tobacco use decreases, lifetime health effects lessen and WIS WINS.

Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition

Forest, Florence, Oneida, Lincoln, Price, and Vilas County combined as one multi-jurisdictional coalition (MJC) called the Northwood’s Tobacco-Free Coalition (NWTFC).  For more information about the coalition, please visit. www.nwtfc.org.  The mission of the NWTFC is to improve the health of the residents of Florence, Forest, Lincoln, Oneida, Price, and Vilas counties by encouraging reduction in the use of tobacco through public information and community involvement.

To achieve the above, the Coalition will:

  • Stimulate communication and collaboration among agencies, groups, and individuals interested in control of tobacco use and the promotion of smoke-free workplace policies in the NWTFC region.
  • Develop a network of organizations to implement and coordinate ongoing tobacco reduction initiatives.
  • Develop a strategic tobacco reduction plan for Florence, Forest, Lincoln, Oneida, Price, and Vilas counties.