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Tobacco users can:

  • Quit. The sooner you quit, the sooner your body can begin to heal, and the less likely you are to get sick from tobacco use.

  • Ask a health care provider for help quitting and call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free assistance.

  • Find a step-by-step quit guide at www.smokefree.gov.


State and community leaders can: 

  • Fund comprehensive tobacco control programs at CDC-recommended levels.

  • Enact 100% smoke-free indoor air policies that include workplaces, restaurants, and bars.

  • Increase the price of all tobacco products.

  • Implement hard-hitting media campaigns that raise public awareness of the dangers of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.

  • Use the World Health Organization's (WHO's)

  • MPOWER strategies to prevent and reduce tobacco use and to make tobacco products less accessible, affordable, attractive, and accepted.

  • M=Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies

  • P=Protect people from tobacco smoke

  • O=Offer help to quit

  • W=Warn about the dangers of tobacco use

  • E=Enforce restrictions on tobacco advertising

  • R= Raise taxes on tobacco


Parents and nonsmokers can:

  • Make your home and vehicles smoke-free.

  • Not start, if you aren't already using tobacco.

  • Quit if you smoke; children of parents who smoke are twice as likely to become smokers.

  • Teach children about the health risks of smoking and secondhand smoke.

  • Encourage friends, family, and coworkers to quit.


Health care providers can:

  • Ask their patients if they use tobacco; if they do, help them quit.

  • Refer patients interested in quitting to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, www.smokefree.gov, or other resources.

  • Advise all patients to make their homes and vehicles 100% smoke-free.

  • Advise nonsmokers to avoid secondhand smoke exposure.


Employers can:

  • Establish a policy banning the use of any tobacco product indoors or outdoors on company property by anyone at any time.

  • Provide all employees and their dependents with health insurance that covers support for quitting with little or no co-payment.


Retailers can:

  • Learn the new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restrictions on youth access to tobacco products and tobacco marketing to youth, and closely follow them.

  • Follow state laws. (link to DOR website)

  • Never sell any tobacco product to customers younger than 18 years of age (or 19 in states with a higher minimum age requirement).

  • Check the photo ID of any customer trying to buy tobacco products who appears to be 26 years of age or younger.