Reducing the tobacco use rates of New Hampshire residents, through the use of evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies, is a public health priority in New Hampshire.
Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and New Hampshire. The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is dedicated to the implementation of a comprehensive program designed to reduce the prevalence and consumption of tobacco use in New Hampshire.
The Program's primary goals are to: prevent NH youth from beginning to use tobacco; eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke; promote quitting tobacco among users; and prioritize efforts to reach those most affected by tobacco.
TPCP carries out a number of strategies to achieve its goals:
- Conducts surveys to measure tobacco use among New Hampshire residents, as well as to monitor attitudes, knowledge and practices regarding tobacco use in New Hampshire.
- Monitors compliance with the NH Indoor Smoking Act.
- Provides training and assistance with implementation of systems change for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence at NH Healthcare facilities following Best Practice in US Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Practice Guidelines. Learn more at www.QuitWorksNH.org.
- Provides education to the public and to health care providers on a variety of tobacco use and dependency topics ranging from helping addicted tobacco users to seek treatment via the NH Tobacco Helpline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) to preventing youth from starting to use tobacco.
The 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General Report on Smoking and Health
The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014. This comprehensive report chronicles the devastating consequences of 50 years of tobacco use in the United States. Visit our Surgeon General Reports on Tobacco Use page to learn more.