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Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program


IBE is participating is a statewide health information campaign designed to educate African American adults and youth throughout Indiana about the dangers of tobacco use.

Anyone ready to quit, is encouraged to call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline toll-free at 1-800-Quit-Now.  Through the quit line, you will receive:

1.  Free Information on how to quit tobacco use.
2.  One to One proactive telephone counseling with a Quit Coach.
3.  Referrals to local Cessation programs and other services in your community.
4.  A customized quit plan and up to date information on nicotine patch or gum products.

Indiana Black Expo is committed to the health of or community.  Please check out our 'Matter of the Heart" campaign.  "Matters of the Heart" is real and allows the sharing of three powerful and personal stories of three African American families and the devastating impact tobacco has had on the lives of three tobacco users and their families.

Click here to read their stories.

Why African Americans should be concerned about the health effects of smoking:


  • According to the CDC, 45,000 African Americans die each year from the effects of tobacco products.  These were preventable deaths.

  • Tobacco users are more likely to have Lung Cancer, COPD, Diabetes, higher rates of Bronchitis along with higher incidence of colds and flu.

  • The risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high for African Americans than for whites, and African Americans are more likely to die following a stroke.

  • During 2011-12, seven out of every 10 African American children ages 3 to 11 in the U.S. were exposed to secondhand smoke regularly.  Cigarette smoke is a trigger for Asthma attacks and ear infections in children.

  • Smoking causes Type 2 Diabetes and affects insulin dosing. 


IBE's African American Coalition Against Tobacco also works closely with its chapter and its coalition partners to urge school systems, businesses, multi-housing units, clinics and organizations throughout the state to adopt smoke free policies.



Ready to Quit Using Tobacco?

If You Want To Get Your Life Back. We Can Help.


1-800-QUIT NOW



INDIANA BLACK EXPO

Indiana Black Expo, Inc. (IBE) has been a pillar of the African-American community for decades as a year-round, multifaceted community service organization with 12 chapters around the state of Indiana. IBE is known for its two major fund-raisers, Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit is governed by a board of directors comprised of individuals and community leaders from around the state of Indiana and employs a full time staff.

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