Tobacco Prevention Program

Tobacco Prevention:

Jordie Higgason, ITFC Coordinator

Smoke Free Illinois Act

The Effingham County Health Department will conduct random compliance checks regarding the Smoke Free Illinois Act on all county businesses. If your business needs information or window decals regarding the Smoke Free Illinois Act, you can pick that information up at the Chamber office or at the Effingham County Health Department.

A portion of the act reads:

(410 ILCS 82/20)

Sec. 20. Posting of signs; removal of ashtrays

  • “No Smoking” signs or the international “No Smoking” symbol, consisting of a pictorial representation of a burning cigarette enclosed in a red circle with a red bar across it, shall be clearly and conspicuously posted in each public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited by this Act by the owner, operator, manager, or other person in control that place.”

For more information about the Smoke Free Illinois Act visit

Tobacco Cessation

The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a FREE resource for tobacco users who want to quit for good. The Illinois Tobacco Quitline has, “registered nurses, respiratory therapist, and certified tobacco-treatment counselors on call 7-days a week, 7AM-11PM to answer all your tobacco-related questions and provide the support you need to break the habit. Habla espanol? We serve a diverse client base, with Spanish speaking counselors and live translation services for more than 200 languages.

Visit for more information about cessation or to chat online with a nurse, respiratory therapist, or certified tobacco-treatment counselor or call 1-866-QUIT-YES.  (1-866-784-8937).

For additional smoking cessation resources, such as smokefree apps, smokefree texting programs and to build your own quit plan visit

Tobacco Cessation Resources – Apps and Text Messaging Services


This text messaging service is designed for adults and young adults who are trying to quit smoking. The program provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit.

Get Rich or Die Smoking

This app shows you what you can buy with the money you use to buy cigarettes. It charts your progress as well (Android).


This app allows you to join a community of people who have overcome smoking. It allows you to share your achievements and chat with others (iPhone & Android).


This is a game that helps you quit smoking. Throughout the game, you can progress through different levels and within the levels, it provides information about the health benefits of quitting (iPhone & Android).


This app allows you to track your habits where you are more likely to smoke, for example, your mood and the times you normally smoke (iPhone & Android).


This app can help you track your cravings and moods, monitor your progress toward achieving smoke free milestones, identify your smoking triggers, and upload personalized “pick me ups” and reminders to use during challenging times to help you successfully become and stay smoke free.