State Tobacco Cessation Activities

Over the past two decades, tobacco prevention and cessation programs in the states have been the cornerstone of national efforts to reduce health and economic burdens of tobacco use. Increases in state tobacco excise taxes, implementation of smokefree policies, support for cessation activities, such as quitlines, and restrictions on advertising, promotion and youth access to tobacco depend on the actions of state and local governments, and the vast majority of progress in these efforts have occurred at the state level.

Programs to helping smokers quit successfully have short-term and long-term public health benefits, perhaps more so than any other component of a comprehensive tobacco control program. Sustained, long-term support for tobacco cessation activities in the states is key to achieving the Healthy People 2010 goals set by the U.S. Government.

State Fact Sheets

Successful cessation activities at the state level depend on several factors which vary widely across individual state social, political and health climates. Significant reductions in tobacco use involve multiple actions at multiple levels, by multiple stakeholders—including state health officials, coalitions, private purchasers and providers, and advocacy groups. While states face a great number of challenges to developing, implementing and sustaining comprehensive cessation efforts, these state snapshots provide an overview of the environment in each state. The wide variation in key indicators in each state, such as adult smoking rates, exposure to secondhand smoke and insurance coverage of cessation services, highlight the need for these efforts to be tailored to each state in order to be the most successful and reach the most tobacco users effectively.