Tobacco Prevention

Youth Tobacco Prevention

Is you Child Care Center or Home Nicotine-Free?
Caring for Our Children National Health and Safety Performance Standard Guidelines (CFOC) 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 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 Partnership for help!
– Develop a clear, comprehensive policy.
– Take advantage of FREE technical assistance.
– Use this IDPH approved policy available at https://idph.iowa.gov/hcci/products
– Set a date for when the policy will go into effect.
– Notify staff, parents, and caregivers of the new or updated policy.
– Post appropriate signs to help 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, 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 at the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health at 641-421-9300.


Family Tobacco Education & Prevention Packets



Partnership for a Tobacco Free Cerro Gordo County


The Partnership for a Tobacco Free Cerro Gordo County 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 Partnership for a Tobacco Free Cerro Gordo County’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, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health
  • Kelli Gerdes, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health
  • Jeni Stiles, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health
  • Morgan Lawson, Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare
  • Steve Lovik, American Cancer Society
  • Brian Pauly, Mason City Recreation Department
  • Angela Determan, Healthy – Mason City
  • Liz Conley, Mason City Family YMCA
  • Carla Miller, North Iowa Community Action Family Health Center
  • Carolyn Sunde, Winnebago Relay for Life
  • Linda Webner, Relay for Life – CAN
  • Alice Ciavarelli – Mason City Youth Task Force
  • Amy Jaspersen – Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
  • Debbie Abben – Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
  • Traci Grady – North Iowa Transition Center
  • 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

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 Summaries