Tobacco-Free Communities

According to the Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 2012, 18.6 percent of adults in Illinois are smokers and 2.5 percent use smokeless tobacco products. The U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both agree using the techniques and support of a tobacco quitline can increase an individual’s success in quitting tobacco use by up to 56 percent. The Illinois Department of Public Health funds the Illinois Tobacco Quitline (ITQL), which is operated by the American Lung Association. This partnership was formed in 2001 to provide free tobacco cessation services to those attempting to quit tobacco use. Quitline staff can help cigarette, cigar, pipe, snuff and chew tobacco users.