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Table tent reads "Please refrain from smoking" to represent Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure


Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. The total economic cost of smoking is more than $300 billion a year, including direct medical care for adults and lost productivity (CDC External Web Site Icon).

In Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs External Web Site Icon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends statewide programs that combine and coordinate community-based interventions that focus on the following areas.

  1. Preventing initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults
  2. Promoting quitting among adults and youth
  3. Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, and
  4. Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups
Task Force Findings
Displaying 1 - 5 of 5
Recommended (sufficient evidence) Completed December 2019
Recommended (strong evidence) Completed August 2014
Recommended (strong evidence) Completed November 2012
Summary Table

This summary of CPSTF findings to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure can be used as a reference, included in presentations, or shared with colleagues.

Implementation Resources

Implementation Products

Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2014 External Web Site Icon
Developed by the CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health

Health Communications in Tobacco Prevention and Control External Web Site Icon

Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control External Web Site Icon

Program Infrastructure in Tobacco Prevention and Control External Web Site Icon

CDC’s Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5) Initiative External Web Site Icon
HI-5 highlights non-clinical, community-wide approaches that have evidence reporting 1) positive health impacts, 2) results within five years, and 3) cost effectiveness and/or cost savings over the lifetime of the population or earlier. The website features links to implementation resources and success stories that can help communities get started.

Tobacco Control Interventions External Web Site Icon

Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General External Web Site Icon
Developed by the HHS, Office of the Surgeon General


Indian Health Service Clinical Grand Rounds: Tobacco Prevention Control Update from The Community Guide External Web Site Icon (September 25, 2014)
Developed by The Community Guide and hosted by the Indian Health Service

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

An Evidence-Based Approach to Montana's Health Landscape

Blueprint for Success in Reducing Tobacco Use

CityHealth Gives Local Communities Evidence-Based Tools to Improve Health

Community-Wide Effort to Make Florida Tobacco Free

Evidence-Based Recommendations Get Minnesotans in the Groove

Healthy Schools Equal Healthy Kids

Investing in Worksite Wellness for Employees

Planning a Strategy: Changing the Way a County Health Department Addresses Health Conditions

Putting the Community Guide to Work at Workplaces: Partnering to Reach Employers

What Works – Fact Sheets

Tobacco Use

One Pagers

Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs

Internet-based Cessation Interventions

Mobile Phone Text Messaging Cessation Interventions

Community Guide News

Developed by The Community Guide in collaboration with CDC's Office on Smoking and Health

Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs Reduce Tobacco Use

Mobile Phone Text Messaging Interventions Help Adults Who Smoke Quit

Quit Tobacco! New Recommendation for Internet-based Interventions

Quitlines, Lower Treatment Cost, and Mass Communication Help People Stop Tobacco Use

Task Force Says Smoke-Free Policies and Higher Tobacco Product Price Each Reduce Tobacco Use

Slides and Presentations

Public Health Grand Rounds — Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes by 2017: the Million Hearts Initiative External Web Site Icon
Hosted by CDC

Using Evidence for Public Health Decision Making: Assessment of Health Risks with Feedback to Change Employees' Health pdf icon [PDF - 307 kB]
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