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.
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.
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.