Recommendations for reducing tobacco use
Tobacco users can:
- 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 percent 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 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 co-workers 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, smokefree.gov or other resources.
- Advise all patients to make their homes and vehicles 100 percent 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 restrictions on youth access to tobacco products and tobacco marketing to youth, and closely follow them.
- Follow state laws.
- Never sell any tobacco product to customers younger than 18 (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 or younger.