Stories from the Field
Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
Exposure to secondhand smoke contributes to the deaths of 41,000 nonsmoking adults and 400 infants in the United States each year.1 Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at higher risk for serious health conditions, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and respiratory diseases. Smoke-free environments are vital to children's health and well-being, yet close to 40% of U.S. children ages 3 to 11 are exposed to secondhand smoke.2
Live Tobacco-Free Austin campaign
In this Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? story, we looked at how the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department implemented the Live Tobacco-Free Austin campaign to raise awareness about the burden of tobacco use, promote cessation services, and educate the public about the impact of secondhand smoke.
State Government Agency - California Tobacco Control Program
External Affairs / Tobacco Prevention Program
Tobacco Prevention and Control
Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease in the United States. It causes more deaths than HIV, drug and alcohol misuse, motor vehicle accidents, suicide, and murder combined.1 In the state of Minnesota, smoking is responsible for more than $3 billion in annual health care costs and contributes to more than 6,000 deaths each year.2
In this Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? story, we looked at how ClearWay Minnesota collaborated with others, including the Minnesota Department of Health, to pass legislation that banned smoking in public places.
Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States—every year, it’s responsible for 480,000 deaths.1 While smoking is on the decline in the United States, more than 2,500 young people smoke their first cigarette each day.2 In fact, 9 in 10 adults who smoke say they tried their first cigarette before age 18; and nearly all tried their first cigarette by young adulthood.3
Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program
In this Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? story, we looked at how the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program uses a comprehensive approach combining evidence-based policy and programs to address tobacco use across Massachusetts.
Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program
Exposure to secondhand smoke causes significant health problems in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), secondhand smoke harms both children and adults—and the only way to completely protect people who don’t smoke is to eliminate smoking in all homes, work environments, and public places.1
Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP)
In this Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? story, we looked at how the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program addressed tobacco by using a statewide tobacco control program.
Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine
In this Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? story, we looked at how the Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine worked to promote tobacco-free living and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke across the state.
Mothers Eliminating Secondhand Smoke (M.E.S.S.) program
In this CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant success story, we looked at how the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Region 7 Public Health Office partnered with a local nonprofit organization to implement a program that promotes tobacco-free policies in homes, vehicles, and faith-based settings.
Peers Helping Peers: Innovations in Tobacco Dependence Education and Intervention
In this story from the field, we take a look at a New Jersey project that encouraged individuals to address high rates of smoking at mental health agencies.