More than one in five high school students in Ohio smoke cigarettes and more than one in ten use smokeless tobacco. According to the 2014 Surgeon General's Report, "The Health Consequences of Smoking - 50 Years of Progress," 88 percent of tobacco users started before they turned 18, and nearly all first usage of cigarettes occurs before age 26. To end the tobacco epidemic, the youth must be educated about the dangers of tobacco and change the social norms around tobacco use with our younger generations. With this in mind, the Ohio Department of Health continues to work with the general public, local public health agencies, public school systems, colleges and universities, residents and managers of multi-unit housing, and healthcare providers.
Statistics indicate that certain demographic groups have higher tobacco usage rates, including those with lower incomes, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community, and racial minorities. Summit County Public Health’s tobacco prevention and cessation efforts place special focus on these groups, as well as pregnant women who use tobacco, and youth.
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) and speak with an intake specialist to discuss assistance to help you quit tobacco.
The Ohio Tobacco Quit Line provides personal quit coaching and telephone counseling free of charge to Ohioans who are uninsured, have Medicaid, are pregnant, or are covered through the Ohio Tobacco Collaborative. Nicotine patches, gum or lozenges are provided for up to four weeks at no charge to eligible participants.
The Ohio QuitLogix Online Tobacco Use Cessation Program is available to all Ohioans of age 18 or older (or younger with parental permission).