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Coalition to set up at fair

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Clay County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition will partner with the Clay County Health Department and St. Vincent Clay Hospital at the Clay County 4-H fair this year to provide education to the public about the free Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW).

In addition, they plan to collect petitions in support of a smoke-free workplace.

The Clay County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition will have materials available at both the hospital and health department booths.

"We're here to listen and provide assistance to anyone seeking to quit smoking. We can also help if you are searching to help someone you love," Clay County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition Director Kandace Brown said. "Anyone interested in quitting can call the free Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-784-8669) anytime. This is a free service offered by the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation (ITPC) agency."

On June 10, members of the coalition met with the Clay County 4-H Fair Board to discuss the possibility of a tobacco free week or a smoke-free day.

Brown said the 4-H board did not return a decision in time for this year's fair.

"The Clay County Tobacco Coalition will work throughout this grant year to educate the 4-H Fair Board and the public on the importance of supporting a smoke-free fair by linking the 4-H message (head, heart, hands and health) in hopes of securing a tobacco free campus for next year's fair," Brown said.

She added Clay County Health Department representative Linda Messmer runs the tobacco cessation classes and enjoys assisting those interested to quit smoking while St. Vincent Clay Hospital Clinical and Community Education Coordinator Andrea Baysinger said the hospital will have a different health event each evening at the fair.

The goals of the tobacco coalition include:

* Comprehensive smoke-free workplace policy for all businesses, including the entertainment industry, so all are protected from second hand smoke,

* Reduce the teen smoking rate in Clay County, and

* Cessation and assist tobacco users in quitting.

"No one should have to compromise their health to keep a job," Brown said. "Everyone has the right to breathe smoke-free air. No exceptions."

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