Winnebago County Health Department

Stop Smoking

Want to Quit Smoking? - You Have Several Options

The Winnebago County Health Department provides a variety of programs and opportunities to help people quit smoking.  If you are a smoker - consider the following:

•Less than 1 in 5 American adults continue to smoke cigarettes, less than 1/2 the percentage of smokers about 30 years ago (the number of young people is even lower);

•Despite the numbers of smokers decreasing dramatically, tobacco use continues to be the country's #1 cause of preventable death resulting in:

      ♦Approximately 443,000 Americans dying each year because of smoking-related illnesses;

      ♦About 8.4 million Americans are hospitalized each year with smoking-related illnesses and disease.

•If you continue to smoke, your chance of dying from a smoking-related illness (primarily heart disease or stroke, lung cancer or emphysema) are about 50/50;

•The typical smoker dies 14 years earlier than those who do not smoke, but..............

•Quitting smoking will greatly reduce your chances of getting sick or dying - and it's never too late to quit.  Your body will begin repairing itself almost immediately.  

Classes are currently being offered at Crusader Community Health Centers
Classes can also be provided in churches, schools, worksites and other locations throughout the community.
Individual counseling is also available for adults or youths at:  555 N. Court Street - 2nd Floor, Room 213
There is no cost for our programs. 
Nicotine replacement products (patches, gums and lozenges)
are also free through the Illinois Tobacco Quitline.
How do I get services?
Contact the WCHD Tobacco Programs office (below).
Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM, or leave a message any time.
Larry Didier at:  815/720-4269 or

The Winnebago County Health Department also provides help to young people trying to quit. The N-O-T Teen Program, developed by the American Lung Association, has been successful in helping hundreds of adolescents quit smoking.
Select N-O-T Teen Program under Smoking Cessation on the Menu Bar for more informaton.