The Tobacco Free Coalition works to promote tobacco free lifestyles, educate the public about the dangers of tobacco and assist tobacco users with cessation programs.
We are active in several programs:
- Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) — TATU is a peer education program developed by the American Lung Association that has been going on in Jackson County for over 10 years. The program trains high school students about tobacco dangers and how tobacco companies market towards youth. They then present this information to 4th graders in the Black River Falls, Melrose-Mindoro, and ACHM Lincoln school districts.
- Quitline Promotion –Training was provided for Jackson County medical professionals on how to refer patients to the free statewide tobacco Quitline to assist Jackson Co. residents with stopping tobacco use. The Quitline is open from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm seven days a week.
Call 1-800-QUITNOW (784-8669) to talk to someone if you are interested in getting help to stop using tobacco.
Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) — N-O-T is a state-of-the-art
anti-tobacco program specifically designed for high school students who want to quit smoking. N-O-T helps teens to stop smoking or reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke by identifying why they smoke, pinpointing social influences that encourage them to smoke, combating social pressures, understanding immediate benefits of quitting, setting realistic and attainable goals for change, and developing life management skills.
Call 1-800-LUNGUSA to learn more about N-O-T in your area.