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Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. It affects not only those who choose to use tobacco, but also, people who live and work around tobacco. Tobacco use leads to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease; a number of other conditions and diseases are associated with tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. 

Reviewed tobacco use policies and programs are listed below. Click on column headings to sort by approach, policy or program, evidence rating, or decision maker. Click on Policy or Program name for more information.

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1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation Cell phone-based tobacco cessation interventions
Scientifically Supported
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1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation Internet-based tobacco cessation interventions
Scientifically Supported
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1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation Tobacco cessation therapy affordability
Scientifically Supported
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1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation Mass media campaigns against tobacco use
Scientifically Supported
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1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation Statewide comprehensive tobacco programs
Scientifically Supported
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1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation Tobacco pricing
Scientifically Supported
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1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation Tobacco quitlines
Scientifically Supported
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1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation Health care provider reminder systems for tobacco cessation
Scientifically Supported
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1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation Tobacco marketing restrictions
Some Evidence
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1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation Tobacco retailer location restrictions
Expert Opinion
x x     x        
1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation Tobacco retailer licensing
Expert Opinion
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1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation E-cigarette regulations
Expert Opinion
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1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation Minimum tobacco age laws
Expert Opinion
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1 1 1 Tobacco Use Reduce initiation and/or increase cessation Tobacco cessation contests
Insufficient Evidence
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1 1 2 Tobacco Use Reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke Smoke-free policies for indoor areas
Scientifically Supported
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1 1 2 Tobacco Use Reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke Smoke-free policies for outdoor areas
Some Evidence
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1 1 2 Tobacco Use Reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke Smoke-free policies for multi-unit housing
Expert Opinion
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1 1 2 Tobacco Use Reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke Secondhand smoke education
Mixed Evidence
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