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KishHealth System, Health Department partner for smokefree county

Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:29 a.m. CDT

KishHealth System is partnering with the DeKalb County Health Department for a smokefree DeKalb County.

The DeKalb County Housing Authority recently initiated a smokefree policy, which begins June 1, for all properties under their operation and ownership. The health department, with funding from the We Choose Health Grant, is working with area building managers and tenants to promote a smokefree environment, to coordinate smoking cessation resources, and to provide examples of best practices to address this issue. 

This smokefree initiative is dedicated to preventing secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit buildings. Up to 65 percent of air can be exchanged between units through tiny cracks and crevices, involuntarily exposing individuals to secondhand smoke from adjacent units. Going smokefree in multi-unit buildings benefits landlords, property owners and tenants of all ages.

Resources are available to help DeKalb County residents quit smoking. The Illinois Tobacco Quitline offers trained respiratory therapists to counsel and guide people through the quitting process at no charge. They are available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Call toll-free at 866-784-8937. KishHealth System offers local smoking cessation classes. For more information and to register, visit www.kishprograms.org

For more information about Smokefree DeKalb County, call the DeKalb County Health Department at 815-748-2435 or visit http://www.dekalbcounty.org/Health/healthpro/smokefree/smokefree.html.

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