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Tobacco Free Living

Tobacco use is the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States. Living tobacco free reduces a person’s risk of developing heart disease, various cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, periodontal disease, asthma and other diseases, and of dying prematurely. Tobacco free living means avoiding use of all types of tobacco products—such as cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, pipes and hookahs—and also living free from secondhand smoke exposure.

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Recommendations: 

  1. Support comprehensive tobacco free and other evidence-based tobacco control policies.
  2. Support full implementation of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act)
  3. Expand use of tobacco cessation services.
  4. Use media to educate and encourage people to live tobacco free.

What Can State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Governments Do? 

  • Implement and sustain comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs, including comprehensive tobacco free and smoke free policies and paid media advertising.
  • Work with the FDA to enforce the provisions set forth in the Tobacco Control Act.
  • Implement and enforce policies and programs to reduce youth access to tobacco products (e.g., Synar program).
  • Balance traditional beliefs and ceremonial use of tobacco with the need to protect people from secondhand smoke exposure.        

What Can Businesses and Employers Do? 

  • Provide employees and their dependents with access to free or reduced-cost cessation supports and encourage utilization of these services.
  • Provide evidence-based incentives to increase tobacco cessation, consistent with existing law.
  • Comply with restrictions on the sale, distribution, advertising, and promotion of tobacco products, including those set forth in the Tobacco Control Act.
  • Make work sites (including conferences and meetings) tobacco free and support smoke free policies in their communities.
  • Provide smoke free commercial or residential property.

What Can Health Care Systems, Insurers, and Clinicians Do? 

  • Implement evidence-based recommendations for tobacco use treatment and provide information to their patients on the health effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.
  • Implement provider reminder systems for tobacco use treatment (e.g., vital signs stamps, and electronic medical record clinical reminders).
  • Reduce or eliminate patient out-of-pocket costs for cessation therapies.

What Can Early Learning Centers, Schools, Colleges, and Universities Do? 

  • Promote tobacco free environments.
  • Restrict the marketing and promotion of tobacco products to children and youth.

What Can Community, Non-Profit, and Faith-Based Organizations Do? 

  • Work with local policy makers to implement comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs.
  • Implement sustained and effective media campaigns, including raising awareness of tobacco cessation resources.

What Can Individuals and Families Do? 

  • Quit using tobacco products and ask their health care provider or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for cessation support.
  • Teach children about the health risks of smoking.
  • Make homes smoke free to protect themselves and family members from secondhand smoke.
  • Refrain from supplying underage youth with tobacco products.