From all accounts, more and more county residents are attempting to quit smoking.
Brown told The Brazil Times Friday numbers tracked through a state quit line (1-800-QUIT-NOW) are promising.
"During this summer, we'll have anywhere from four to five (monthly) that will call the quit line," Brown said. "These are the people that have started to go through the process of the quit line and have been set up with a counselor.
"Those numbers sound small, but when you look at it per county, per capita, we're right there."
Brown recently announced the launch of "Quit Now Indiana" -- a statewide stop smoking contest offering $5,000 in cash prizes that is designed to help Hoosiers quit using tobacco.
She said this is the third year Clay County has participated in the contest.
"We had a good response at the fair," Brown said. "I think interest has grown across the board for tobacco-related issues. Many people smoke and would like to attempt to quit."
The contest begins Sept. 1 and concludes at the end of the month. Those interested in entering the contest have until Aug. 23 to enter.
The top prize winner who successfully quits smoking for the month of September and whose name is randomly drawn will receive $2,500. The second- and third-place winners will receive $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. The prize money comes courtesy of AmeriHealth Mercy of Indiana, the sponsor of the contest.
"People in the contest go through a test where they have nicotine levels checked," Brown said.
To enter the "Quit Now Indiana" contest, entrants must be 18-years-old, a legal resident of Indiana and a regular user of tobacco.
Locally, Brown said boxes are currently housed at the Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center, 501 E. Jackson St., Brazil, and the Y of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil.
Signups also took place at the Clay County Fair and will be available at the 2010 Indiana State Fair, which runs until Aug. 22, or the 1-800-QUIT-NOW concert series at the Lawn at White River State Park.
According to Brown, the summer-long campaign is running in conjunction with new lows for Indiana's adult smoking rate, which fell to 23 percent in 2009.
For more information, call Brown at 812-236-6644.