Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

As part of our Illinois Tobacco Free Communities grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health, CUPHD leads the Tobacco Prevention Coalition which includes the regions of Champaign-Urbana, Champaign County, and Douglas County. The coalition shares tobacco-related information and coordinates local prevention efforts in collaboration with community members and organizations. The coalition also works to provide anti-tobacco messages, to reduce access and appeal to youth, and to increase community awareness of the dangers of tobacco. Most recently, the coalition has joined forced to discuss strategies on educating the public of the dangers of electronic cigarettes, specifically for youth and young adults. Below are organizations that currently have a representative(s) on the coalition:

  • Center for Prevention Research & Development
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Parkland College
  • Rosecrance
  • Carle Foundation Hospital
  • Champaign Police Department
  • Douglas County Health Department
  • Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

If you are interested in being a part of the Tobacco Prevention Coalition, please contact Alyx McElfresh at amcelfresh@c-uphd.org.

Goals & Activities

Below are the Illinois Tobacco Free Communities grant enhancement activities that C-UPHD will be working on during fiscal year 2020. C-UPHD will work with coalition members to fulfill these goals.

  • IL Tobacco 21 - By June 2020, continue to support implementation of the Illinois law that increases the minimum legal sale age for tobacco and e-cigarette/vaping devices from 18 to 21.
  • Policies on e-cigarette use in public spaces - By June 2020, increase the number of e-cigarette ordinances in Champaign County and Champaign-Urbana.
  • Strengthening school tobacco codes – By June 2020, assist one Champaign County school in adding to or improving measures that strengthen their tobacco use code.

Other C-UPHD Tobacco-Related Activities:

  • Coordinate the “NOT HERE” tobacco vendor compliance check program
  • Smoke-Free Illinois Act education and enforcement
  • Facilitate REALITY Illinois, an anti-tobacco leadership program by teens for teens, with a group of seniors at Centennial High School for one semester during the school year.
  • Assist all coalition partners with projects, outreach, prevention education, and media campaigns.

TPC Meeting Minutes

Other C-UPHD Tobacco-Related Activities:

Coordinate the tobacco vendor compliance check program
Smoke-Free Illinois Act education and enforcement
Facilitate REALITY Illinois, an anti-tobacco leadership program by teens for teens, with a group of seniors at Centennial High School for one semester during the school year.
Assist all coalition partners with projects, outreach, prevention education, and media campaigns.

News & Local Announcements

Tobacco 21 is the Law of the Land UIUC Tobacco & Smoke-Free Announcement

Webinar on Juuls from the Public Health Law Center: What's the Hype? JUUL Electronic Cigarette's Popularity with Youth and Young Adults

Illinois E-Cigarette Regulations

State Funding for Tobacco Prevention

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