Smoking - It's Nothing to Kid About

When you or others smoke around your kids, it's like they are smoking. Smoking and second-hand smoke are the leading causes of heart disease, lung disease, and cancer related death. In order to improve your health and protect the health of others around you, here are a few things that you can do right now.

If you don’t smoke, don’t start.

We all know that tobacco products such as cigarettes and smokeless tobacco can erode away your health. But research also shows that children who have a parent who smokes are more likely to smoke and to be heavier smokers at young ages. When parents quit smoking, they are not only protecting their child's immediate health, they are protecting them because they are less likely to smoke if their parents don't.

If you smoke, quit today.

  • Illinois Tobacco Quitline

    The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a free resource, funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health, for people who want to quit smoking for good. Registered nurses, respiratory therapists and certified tobacco-treatment counselors are on call seven days a week, 7am-11pm to answer all of your tobacco-related questions. Call 1-888-Quit Yes. Information available in multiple languages and for deaf/hearing impaired.


    A project of National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation to help people quit smoking.


    A free, online smoking cessation community.

  • CCDPH Quit Kit

    Quitting smoking is hard and to help you get started, CCDPH has a Quit Kit that includes a few things that will help you in the process. Request a Quit Kit today. Limit one per suburban Cook County resident, while supplies last.

2014 Nothing to Kid About Campaign

In March 2014, we launched a smoking cessation and secondhand smoke prevention campaign called, “Nothing to Kid About.” This campaign includes a :30 spot on local television networks and on Comcast cable. The Comcast portion included an overlay Request for Information (RFI) where viewers can click directly from their remote controls and request additional information from CCDPH to help them quit smoking. The campaign also includes hyperlocal online ads through the Patch and TribLocal website, bus ads and Facebook and Twitter ads. A sample of all ads are below. For additional variations of the ads and information about the campaign, please contact Amy Poore at

Nothing to Kid About :30 PSA

Online Banner ads

Nothing to Kid About Banner ad 2014    Nothing to Kid About banner ad 2014     Spanish Nothing to Kid About banner ad 2014

Bus ads

Nothing to Kid About bus shelter ad 2014    Nothing to Kid About interior bus ad 2014

Previous Tobacco Cessation and Smoke-free Environment Campaigns

2:00 segment - Be a forever quitter… Carolyn’s Story

Be a forever quitter - Carolyn's Story from Cook County Public Health on Vimeo.

:30 radio spot