To create, within our community, the belief that tobacco use is physically and financially harmful, and therefore, socially unacceptable.
To prevent and reduce the use of all tobacco products in Elkhart County, and protect our residents from exposure to secondhand or environmental tobacco smoke.
Tobacco Control of Elkhart County Coalition meets the second Monday of the month from 2-3 pm at the Elkhart Health and Aquatics Center Conference Room 6 at 200 East Jackson Blvd. Elkhart, IN 46514. These meetings are open to the public.
Middle & High School Prevention
ECHD educates middle and high school communities about various tobacco issues and cessation services through messaging (articles, fact sheets, Vape-Free Indiana, etc.), school staff training, and information sessions with parent groups.
Youth Empowerment – VOICE
ECHD recruits a core team of youth to lead VOICE branded initiatives in their community. The core team engages in youth empowerment and engagement opportunities, educating their peers on tobacco-related issues to increase community activism and support community change.
ECHD conducts youth and adult-focused education on how tobacco products are priced and marketed to target teens and the impact of tobacco promotion at the point-of-sale. In addition, ECHD participates in the Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings (STARS) survey to collect county-level data on tobacco products and point-of-sale advertising in retail establishments.
ECHD works and advocates for the proportion of local and/or statewide comprehensive smoke-free air ordinances for worksites. Breathe Easy Indiana
ECHD works and advocates for the proportion of comprehensive smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing, including public housing and market-rate multi-resident buildings. Smoke Free Housing
Indiana Tobacco Quitline
ECHD conducts outreach with healthcare providers, organizations, and employers to increase the utilization of the Indiana Tobacco Quitline throughout the state.
ECHD works and advocates for tobacco cessation benefits provided by employers and tobacco-free grounds policies. Quit Now Indiana
Coalition & Priority Populations
ECHD participates in local and statewide coalitions, conducting ongoing coalition development and recruitment activities with a focus on outreach to organizations that serve Elkhart County. Tobacco Control of Elkhart County
ECHD trains staff at Head Start Centers and alternative family settings on the education program Breathe Healthy Steps to Living Tobacco Free. Breathe Curriculum