Mission: To reduce tobacco and other drug use and abuse across the lifespan through increased evidence-based, population focused services and programs.
In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths (about 480,000 early deaths each year) making it the leading cause of preventable death. Tobacco use is associated with illness and death related to heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, and fire.
Tobacco products are not only harmful for the user. Through secondhand smoke, tobacco can cause poor health and injury to non-tobacco users. Secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by a smoker. No amount of secondhand smoke is safe. The Surgeon General has concluded cleaning the air and ventilating buildings cannot remove secondhand smoke. The best way to limit secondhand smoke exposure is by creating no-smoking policies.