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Tobacco Free Columbia Dane County

About Us

who we are

The Tobacco Free Columbia-Dane County Coalition (TFCDC) is one of thirteen Multi-Jurisdictional Coalitions (MJCs) funded by the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.

Vision

A county free from tobacco-related death and disease.

Mission

The mission of the Tobacco Free Columbia-Dane County Coalition is to reduce tobacco-related disease and death by preventing the initiation of tobacco use among youth, promoting quitting among young people and adults, eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, and identifying and eliminating tobacco related health disparities.

Program Components & Activities

Youth Prevention
  • Collaborate with schools to include and enhance tobacco-free policies
  • Enforce laws that restrict tobacco sales to minors;
  • Develop and promote youth advocacy initiatives through FACT, Wisconsin's youth-led tobacco prevention and control program.

Tobacco Cessation
  • Provide tobacco cessation resources and referrals to community members interested in quitting;
  • Promote the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line and other local tobacco cessation resources.

Secondhand Smoke Education
  • Promote and support smoke-free environments
  • Promote and support the economic and health benefits of smoke-free workplaces;
  • Support community education programs that promote smoke-free home environments;
  • Implement community interventions that link tobacco control interventions with cardiovascular disease and asthma prevention.

Wisconsin Wins - Tobacco Compliance Program
  • The Wisconsin Wins (WI Wins) campaign is a science-based, state-level initiative designed to decrease youth access to tobacco products. WI Wins was launched in the spring of 2002 as part of a comprehensive approach to preventing youth access to tobacco. TFCDC hires youth between the ages of 16-17 to conduct tobacco compliance checks throughout Columbia and Dane County to ensure retailers aren't selling tobacco products to minors.

Other Tobacco Products (OTP) and Nicotine Products Eduation
  • OTPs are all non-cigarette products that contain tobacco and nicotine, many of which are flavored and packaged like candy. In addition, they are much cheaper than cigarettes.
  • Nicotine products are products that contain only nicotine, and no tobacco. E-Cigarettes are an example.

Sustainability
  • Educate local/state policymakers on the continued importance of Wisconsin's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.
  • Maintain a Coalition Advisory Board made up of 10 members who help with coalition activities/objectives.
  • Advocate for tobacco prevention and control funding.