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Tobacco Prevention


IU Health Bedford offers smoking cessation classes through our Respiratory Department. For information call 812.275.1200 ext. 4303.


IU Health Paoli Hospital offers an interactive program that teaches the effects of tobacco. This program is available to all ages and lasts 30-45 minutes. Call 812.723.7474 for more information.


Beat Tobacco is a smoking cessation program led and sponsored by IU Health Bloomington Hospital, designed to educate and support you in your decision to be tobacco free. The classes are taught by Monroe County Tobacco Coalition educators from IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Monroe County Health Department and the City of Bloomington who have received training on how to help people quit tobacco. They understand the struggles and side effects of tobacco cessation and have an extended knowledge base to give you options on how to successfully quit.

What benefits will I see when I quit using tobacco?

According to the American Cancer Society, within 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette, your body will begin a series of gradual changes, including:

  • Blood pressure and skin temperature return to normal
  • Ability to smell and taste is enhanced
  • Coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue decrease
  • Energy level increases
  • Risk of cancer to mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases
  • Chance of heart attack decreases

The free tobacco cessation program offers:

  • Different methods for different people. Not everyone is the same, and not everyone can quit using the same methods. You’ll be given a variety of options, as well as tips on how to battle common side effects.
  • Guidance provided by trained tobacco educators. They will also offer you support when needed.
  • Encouragement to keep trying, even though you may have tried previously to quit. The class environment gives you a chance to encourage as well as receive encouragement from other participants.
  • Multiple weekly meetings that cover a multitude of topics from quitting strategies and relaxation techniques to weight gain and relapse prevention.

Beat Tobacco program offerings:

Programs are free of charge. Registration is required.

Tuesdays at 6 pm
IU Health Community Health, 333 E. Miller Dr., Bloomington
Wednesdays at 5:30 pm
Arby’s Meeting Room, 3601 W. State Road 46, Ellettsville
Individual counseling by appointment.
For more information or to register for the Tobacco Cessation Class, call 888.868.2113

Additional community cessation classes:

Owen County YMCA
1111 W. State Highway 46, Spencer: Tuesdays at 5:30 pm
For more information call: 812.828.9622
Volunteers in Medicine
811 W. Second St., Bloomington: Fridays at noon
For more information call: 812.333.4001
IU Health Center
Free individual cessation for IU students, their spouses and their dependents (12 years of age or older)
For more information call: 812.855.7338

Teens Beat Tobacco

Teens Beat Tobacco is a class delivered by tobacco educators. Students will receive tobacco awareness and education, cessation resources, learn the risks of tobacco use and have a chance to ask questions. These classes are free and any teen is welcome. Classes are scheduled each month on the third Tuesday from 4 pm to 5:30 pm and are held at 333 E. Miller Dr. in Bloomington.

How do I sign up?

Call 888.868.2113 to sign up for Beat Tobacco.

Can’t make it to a class?

Call the free Indiana Tobacco Quitline: 1.800.QUIT.NOW