About Us

Our Vision

Marathon, Portage and Wood Counties are tobacco and nicotine free.

Our Mission

The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition strives to increase health through education and advocacy, creating a community environment that encourages tobacco and nicotine free living.

Our Strategies

Our mission is accomplished by increasing knowledge and application of evidence-based practices. Our coalition works with the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) to address the burden of tobacco use and exposure in Marathon, Portage and Wood counties.

Together we work to prevent the initiation of tobacco use by adults and youth, eliminate the exposure to secondhand smoke, promote the use of evidence-based strategies to treat tobacco dependence, and address tobacco-related disparities.

Our Accomplishments

Together our partners, coalition members, and the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) have reduced Wisconsin’s smoking rate. We accomplished this by advocating for clean indoor and workplace air policies, increasing the unit price of products, reducing youth access to tobacco products, and promoting Quit Line resources.

Our smoking rates are at all-time lows:

  • 8.1% of Wisconsin high school students smoke
  • 17.3% of Wisconsin adults smoke

Our approach drives down health care costs:

  • For each smoker that the program helps to quit, Wisconsin save $1,643 in Medicaid and other healthcare costs.
  • In states with successful tobacco prevention and control programs, $1 invested has saved at least $3.60 in tobacco-caused healthcare costs.

But, we still have work to do:

  • Tobacco use remains the #1 cause of preventable disease and death.
  • 13 kids become daily smokers every day.
  • 19 people die from tobacco use every day.
  • 1 in 3 Medicaid recipients use tobacco- a burden our healthcare system is struggling with.

Steering Committee

  • Jenna Otterholt, Public Health Educator & Coalition Coordinator, Marathon County Health Department
  • Samantha Pinzl, Public Health Educator, Marathon County Health Department
  • Judy Burrows, Chronic Disease Prevention Director, Marathon County Health Department
  • Gary Garske, Health Officer, Portage County Health and Human Services
  • Kristie Rauter-Egge, Health Promotion Supervisor, Wood County Health Department

Multi-Jursdiction Coalitions (MJC) Map

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Multi-Jurisdiction Coalitions Map