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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
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

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