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Tobacco Prevention

Child care and workplace tobacco prevention

Is your child care center or workplace nicotine-free?
Caring for Our Children National Health and Safety Performance Standard Guidelines (CFOC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommend implementing a comprehensive tobacco and nicotine-free policy. This policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products, electronic smoking devices, and other nicotine products not approved by the FDA for cessation. It applies at all times and covers the entire child care or workplace property. It applies to staff, visitors, business vehicles, and addresses enforcement. A comprehensive policy goes above DHS guidelines and Iowa’s Smoke-Free Air Act.

How do I implement a policy?
– Connect with your local Community Coalition for help!
– Develop a clear, comprehensive policy.
– Take advantage of FREE technical assistance.
– Click here to download a copy of the IDPH approved policy here!
– Set a date for when the policy will go into effect.
– Notify staff, visitors, and vendors/contractors of the new or updated policy.
– Post appropriate signs- this really helps with enforcement.
– Find out if you qualify for FREE signage!
– Enforce the policy at all times and determine steps to address violations.

Who can help?
Resources are available to simplify the process for you whether you are a preschool, child care facility, business or home. Join the growing list of providers that have committed to providing a tobacco and nicotine-free environment. For more information, on how you can implement or update your current policy, contact Penny, your community partnership connection, at CG Public Health at 641-421-9300.




North Iowa Coalition for Nicotine Prevention

The North Iowa Coalition for Nicotine Prevention is an enduring league of area organizations, school officials, law enforcement, and private citizens who work to advance change in tobacco and nicotine use risks in North Iowa by promoting cessation, supporting tobacco and nicotine free (TF/NF) environments, and promoting youth prevention initiatives. Efforts are funded in part by the Iowa Department of Public Health by way of the Community Partnership Grant.

The North Iowa Coalition for Nicotine Prevention’s mission is: Leading to advance a TF/NF environment in North Iowa. Our vision is: A healthy, cleaner North Iowa, free of nicotine and tobacco. Learn more by checking out our latest strategic plan!

Partnership members consist of:

  • Penny McCaslin, CG Public Health
  • Kelli Gerdes, CG Public Health
  • Morgan Lawson, Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare
  • Brian Pauly, Mason City Recreation Department
  • Carla Miller, North Iowa Community Action Family Health Center
  • Linda Webner, Relay for Life – CAN
  • Alice Ciavarelli – Mason City Youth Task Force
  • Michelle Alquist – MercyOne
  • Amy Jaspersen – MercyOne
  • Debbie Abben – MercyOne
  • Sharon Enabnit – MercyOne
  • Eva Gutierrez-Ackerly – Mason City High School, IJAG
  • Tiffany Creekmur – Mason City Police Department
  • Sarah Enke, Community Health Center of Mason City
  • Kelly Hutchinson – Hancock County Public Health
  • Rhonda Schriever, Winnebago County Public Health
  • Paul Adams – MC City Council
  • Jane Larkin – Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Jill Wust – MercyOne
  • Suzette Rolling – MercyOne

If you are interested in joining the North Iowa Coalition for Nicotine Prevention, please contact Penny at 641-421-9329 or

North Iowa Coalition for Nicotine Prevention Meeting Summaries