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Tobacco Prevention and Control

Through the Tobacco Prevention and Control project, NACCHO aims to provide local health departments (LHDs) with resources to reduce the impact of tobacco in their communities and works collaboratively with partners to ensure the integration of national, state, and local tobacco control efforts. More »

In the Spotlight

The data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products once again shows why it is critically important to regulate their usage. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) supports the FDA’s proposal of regulations on the manufacturing, distribution, advertising, and marketing of these items, and encourages extensive research on the health impact of smokeless and emerging tobacco products.

We urge the White House – which is expected to review and make an announcement on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s ruling proposed over a year ago – to support regulating e-cigarettes, cigars, and other emerging tobacco products. Until then, NACCHO encourages local health departments to support state and local legislation that modifies existing laws to include these tobacco products while safeguarding provisions of existing laws. However, federal regulation is needed to unite efforts already begun at the local level, provide a uniform set of standards, and take action where local jurisdictions are prohibited from doing so. NACCHO’s policy statement on e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco can be found here.

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Resources and News

2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey Findings Available

Findings from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) were released in April. The annual survey reports on use of nine different tobacco products by middle and high school students. Some highlights from the 2014 data include the following items: 

  • Current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014. This is the first time since the survey started collecting data on e-cigarettes in 2011 that current e-cigarette use has surpassed current use of every other tobacco product overall. 
  • The proportion of students who reported current use of any tobacco product included 24.6% of high school respondents and 7.7% of middle school respondents. 
  • By race and ethnicity, Hispanic students reported the highest current use of any tobacco products among both high school (26.7%) and middle school (11.8%) respondents. 
More information about the 2014 NYTS results is available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration. 

Archived Webinar - Tobacco and Smokefree Workplace

On June 23rd, the American Cancer Society and Alere Health hosted the Taking on Tobacco —Cessation, the ACA, and Establishing a Smokefree Workplace webinar. The webinar highlighted the following topics:  

  • What the legislation means to you "in real life"
  • How to evaluate a tobacco cessation program 
  • Whether e-cigarettes should be a component of a cessation program
  • How coaching can make a difference in employee success  
  • What are the components of a smokefree workplace

Click here to access slides and the recording

New Report: Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Purchase Age for Tobacco Products

On March 12, 2015, the Institute of Medicine released a new report on the public health implications of raising the minimum age of legal access to tobacco products. The committee that wrote the report was tasked with examining existing literature on tobacco use and using modeling and other methods to predict likely public health outcomes of raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 19, 21, and 25 years.  

Resources for Restriction of Menthol Products

The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium released a toolkit of resources to restrict the sale and consumption of menthol flavored tobacco products at the state and local level. The toolkit features case studies, lessons learned, and tips for regulation.

New Tips from Former Smokers Ads

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the 2015 wave of its successful Tips from Former Smokers Campaign. New advertisements will broadcast across the country. LHDs can augment the campaign in their own communities by using CDC's Tips ads or other tobacco-related media.


Graphic - LHD policy work in tobacco (2013 Profile)