Be the Change: Reduce Tobacco Use in Your Community

The issue: Tobacco use continues to be the leading preventable cause of death, disease, and disability in the United States. 46.6 million Americans smoke, and 4 out of 10 nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke.

The goal: Reduce tobacco use by making tobacco products less accessible, affordable, desirable, and acceptable.

The solution: You.

Communities across the country are working hard to prevent and control tobacco use so residents can live longer, healthier lives. Each person in a community is part of the solution. Parents, doctors, nurses, employers, and community leaders each have an important role to play. Parents can set a good example for their children by not smoking, and teaching children about the health risks of smoking and secondhand smoke. Doctors and nurses can offer help to those wanting to quit and guidance for nonsmokers to avoid secondhand smoke. Employers can encourage staff to not use tobacco products on company property.

State and community leaders can implement numerous strategies to prevent tobacco use. Communities have found success by:

What will you do to be part of the change?

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