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Pike Co. Health Department Receives Tobacco Cessation Champion Award

The Pike County Commission to End Drug Abuse recognized Pike County health nurse Amy Gladish and the Pike County Health Board this week for taking the lead to reduce tobacco use in Pike County.

The Pike County Health Department referred 30 people to the Indiana Tobacco Quitline in 2012-13, more than any other healthcare provider in Pike and surrounding counties.

Because of the number of referrals from the Health Department, Pike County was in the Top 10 counties in the state for proportion of tobacco users reached by the Quitline.

The prenatal smoking rate in Pike County was 20.8%, or about 30 babies, in 2011 compared to the statewide prenatal smoking rate of 16.6%.

An average of 21 people die from smoking and 3 people die from diseases caused by secondhand smoke in Pike County every year.