The Tobacco Prevention Department at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department includes the work of a program coordinator, two health educators and two certified tobacco treatment specialists.
The Tobacco Prevention Program is dedicated to reducing the prevalence of tobacco use in Lucas County and the associated health effects.
The Tobacco Prevention Program sustains community interventions, counter marketing programs, policy, systems and environmental change tactics and surveillance and evaluation operations to coordinate or maintain the following initiatives:
- Promote model smoke-free leases/policies for multi-unit housing
- Promote model tobacco-free policies for schools, public places and worksites
- Continuous monitoring of tobacco prevalence among Ohioans. Annual adult tobacco prevalence rates are assessed through the Adult Tobacco Survey and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System while youth tobacco prevalence rates are monitored biannually by way of the Ohio Youth Tobacco Survey
- Provide assistance with quitting tobacco use through 1-800-Quit-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
- The Ohio Tobacco Quit Line provides free counseling to Medicaid recipients, uninsured, pregnant women and members of the Ohio Tobacco Collaborative and nicotine replacement therapy to qualified callers
Tobacco Prevention Coordinators
DaShe Frieson, MPH, CTTS
Assists all ages of men as well as women 45 & up
Zyishia Bailey, MPH, CTTS
Assists pregnant women of all ages and women 13-44