Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
More information about the health effects of smoking is available through the CDC.
Despite the danger of tobacco use, 17% of people in Illinois are smokers.1
Secondhand smoke has caused the deaths of approximately 2.5 million non-smokers since 1964.
The mixture of gases and particles from cigarettes has particularly serious health effects on children. Secondhand smoke can cause young children to have ear infections, frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, and a greater risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).2
CUPHD has a variety of tobacco prevention programs. Our prevention initiatives are made possible by our Tobacco Free Communities grants through the Illinois Department of Public Health. See the menu bar at the left for more information about our prevention programs.
CUPHD chairs the Champaign County Tobacco Prevention Coalition. The Coalition is a group of area organizations with a shared goal of preventing the harmful effects of tobacco use. For more information about the coalition, contact us at email@example.com