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Tobacco Cessation Programs & Information

Tobacco Cessation Services

Want to quit smoking? We are here to help!
There is no one perfect method to quit smoking. Each person is different. That is why it is important to formulate a quit plan the includes a variety of cessation methods that will work for you. One of the most important components to this quit plan is receiving cessation counseling from a health care provider or trained counselor.


Quitline Iowa

quitline_logo_1Studies prove that most tobacco users want to quit. Many tobacco users will try 7-9 times before they are completely successful.  Quitline is one piece to the quitting puzzle.  For some tobacco users, it’s the only piece needed.  For others, it will take various pieces working together for success.   Whatever the case may be for you, Quitline is a great way to get started and a great tool to use all along the way.  Quit Coaches not only help you figure out how to quit, but once you’re there, they help you become proficient in living tobacco free!  If you’re a tobacco user looking to make this time your last quit attempt, team up with Quitline and be one step further out of the cycle of addiction! www.quitlineiowa.org.

Quitline Iowa has recently partnered with National Jewish Health. National Jewish Health is ranked the top respiratory hospital in America for the past 118 years. Their focus today is on delivering preventative, personalized medicine. Their wellness program focuses on the #1 cause of preventable death today – tobacco use.

You are in the best hands when you call Qutiline Iowa! Quitline staff are continually trained in new and emerging tobacco products, pregnancy and postpartum, mental health, crisis calls, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ challenges with quiting smoking.

Interested in quitting? Enroll by:
– Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW
– Referred by a health care provider.
– Enroll online at www.quitlineiowa.org

Open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week! ALL languages served!



Youth Tobacco Prevention

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health can help you integrate tobacco education into your classroom lessons and activities throughout the year. We provide age appropriate activities to educate and inform students and families about the effects of tobacco use. We also offer educational resources you can check-out for your lessons, events, and activities, such as diseased lungs, Mr. Gross Mouth, and the Jar of Tar.


For more information contact Penny  at 641-421-9329 or  pmccaslin@cghealth.com

Childcare Provider and Preschool Tobacco Prevention Packets



Smoke Free Homes Program

Public Health takes as seriously the effects of tobacco use on the community as it does its vision to make Cerro Gordo the healthiest county in Iowa. There is no safe amount of exposure to second hand smoke. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems and more severe asthma. Exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer.SmokeFreeHomes-logo-with-no-url

Smoke Free Homes is a free program provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) that will walk tenants and apartment managers through steps to develop smoke free buildings. Smoke-free home policies have benefits for everyone involved. Tenants are happier, cleaning costs are reduced, there is shorter turnover time involved, insurance premiums decrease and the health of the community is protected.

In Cerro Gordo County, there are many properties that are smoke-free and not yet listed on the registry. We encourage all property managers and/or owners to participate in the Smoke Free Homes Program and enjoy the added benefits of free property signage, and a listing on the Smoke Free Homes Registry .

For more information, please contact Penny at 641-421-9329 or pmccaslin@cghealth.com.


Sample Smoke Free Homes Policies



Partnership for a Tobacco Free Cerro Gordo County

The Partnership for a Tobacco Free Cerro Gordo County is a unique partnership of community members, organizations, school officials, law enforcement and youth who work to promote activities that discourage tobacco use, while supporting tobacco-free environments. The Community Partnership grant is funded by Iowa Department of Public Health.

The Partnership for a Tobacco Free Cerro Gordo County’s mission is to…

  • Provide education on health risks associated with tobacco use
  • Advocate for tobacco-free environments
  • Promote tobacco cessation resources

Click Here! to view our strategic plan.

Partnership members consist of: 

  • Penny McCaslin, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health
  • Kelli Huinker, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public HealthPartnership
  • Kara Ruge, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health
  • Amy Ring, Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare
  • Dave Ciccetti, Mason City Community Schools
  • Steve Lovik, American Cancer Society
  • Penny M. Bennett, Mason City Recreation Department
  • Angela Determan, Blue Zones Project – Mason City
  • Liz Conley, Mason City YMCA & Rehabilitation Center
  • Carla Miller, North Iowa Community Action Family Health Center
  • Josh Rueter, Mason City Community Schools – Health Teacher
  • Carolyn Sunde, Winnebago Relay for Life
  • Linda Webner, Relay for Life – CAN
  • Heather Jacobs – Mason City Youth Task Force
  • Robin Retterath – Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
  • Debbie Abben – Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
  • Renae Aukes – Hy-Vee Drugstore
  • Pharmacist – Hy-Vee Drugstore
  • Traci Grady – North Iowa Transition Center
  • Eva Gutierrez – Mason City High School, iJAG

If you are interested in joining the Partnership for a Tobacco Free Cerro Gordo County, please contact Penny at 641-421-9329 or pmccaslin@cghealth.com


Partnership for a Tobacco Free Cerro Gordo County Meeting Minutes


Tobacco Free Worksites

Tobacco Free Worksites… A Win-Win for Everyone!

  • Cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States
  • Cigarette smoking is responsible for about one out of every five deaths
  • An American Productivity Audit found that tobacco use was a leading cause of worker lost production time…more than alcohol abuse or family emergencies

Research continues to show the benefits of smoke-free and tobacco-free worksite policies:

  • Increased quit rates
  • Reduced daily cigarette consumption among continuing smokers
  • Reduced risks of chronic diseases associated with tobacco use (and related health care costs)
  • Demostrates consistent pro-health message
  • Projects positive image for worksite

In addition, smoke-free and tobacco-free worksites policies protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke.

Steps to Adopting a Tobacco-Free Policy:

  1. Assess needs and interests
  2. Plan and draft policyWe can also offer the Freedom From Smoking course in your workplace!
  3. Host a Freedom From Smoking clinic in your workplace for FREE!

Contact Penny for assistance in adopting, promoting and enforcing Smoke-Free or Tobacco-Free policies in your worksite, 641-421-9329 or pmccaslin@cghealth.com

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