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Tobacco Action Team

2018-19 Objectives:

  • Monitor tobacco targeting of youth in retail shops and train youth advocates to audit tobacco marketing;
  • Assist healthcare, business, county and municipal government, and housing sectors to establish smoke-free policies;
  • Assist healthcare providers, businesses, schools and organizations with tools to help their patients, employees, students and clients quit smoking;
  • Provide Young Lungs, Smokebusters and Tar Wars classes for Johnson County elementary students to give them an early foundation of the harms of tobacco products.
  • Provide education on emerging tobacco products, trends and state and national policies.

So is vaping good or bad? Depends...

There may be advantages for those who are sincerely trying to quit smoking and use the device to "wean" themselves off of nicotine. But the indications for our youth are not so good. The best research shows that experimenting with the fad and all of the flavor options build a taste for nicotine and they transition to traditional cigarettes. Report released in January. And a warning for parents: A YouTube search for "vaping drugs" turns up more than 19,000 videos. At last count, 37 different drugs could be vaped. 


Johnson County is fortunate to have a grant for the Baby & Me Tobacco Free program, an incentive for pregnant women to quit smoking for the health of their baby and themselves. 

The program includes four pre-birth counseling sessions and monthly monitoring to ensure the mother is not smoking. Participants who test smoke-free earn two $25 diaper vouchers pre-delivery and monthly vouchers up to one year following birth, for a possible total of $350 in vouchers.

In addition, a smoker who lives with the pregnant woman can also enroll and earn vouchers.

Johnson County WIC at 600 Ironwood Drive, Suite I in Franklin administers the program for local women. The program is open to all county women regardless of income. 

Information: 317-736-6628

Tobacco Executive Committee
Bob Smith, chair, Johnson County Health Department 
Donald Peek, Jr., U.S. Army Ret., Veterans Advocate
John Auld, Franklin Insurance
Richard Huber, MD
Charleen Kennedy, Office Pride
Michelle McMahon, Empower Johnson County
Dana Monson, Johnson Co. Development Corp.
Donald Peek, Jr., U.S. Army Ret., Veterans Advocate
Doreen St. Clair, Franklin College Professor Emeritus
Erin Slevin, Community Member
Tracy Smith, Director, Johnson County WIC
Nancy Voris, Johnson Co. Tobacco Program Coordinator
Eileen Williams, Co-Director, Partnership for a Healthier Johnson Co.

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Young Lungs - 1st Grade

  SmokeBusters - 3rd Grade 

  Tar Wars - 4th-5th Grades

Middle & High School

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