The Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition for Porter County (TEPCPC) was organized with the support of Smokefree Indiana and Valparaiso University’s College of Nursing, and funded through a grant from the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation agency.
Tobacco use is the single most preventable health problem facing us today. Tobacco kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined! There are 438,000 tobacco-related deaths annually in the U.S. Of these deaths,10,300 deaths are Hoosiers.
Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., causing 53,000 deaths per year in non-smokers. Every day, more than 15 million children, including 420,000 Hoosier children, are exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.
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The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is a free phone based counseling service that helps Indiana smokers quit. The services are available 7 days-a-week in multiple languages. The counselors work to provide solutions tailored to your needs.
The Faith & Health Coalition includes a diverse group of faith leaders and organizations from around the state fighting Indiana's number one preventable cause of death and disease—tobacco. It is serious about its commitment to the spiritual and physical well-being of our communities.