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Office on Smoking and Health

A smokefree world

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), is the lead federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control. OSH is a division within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, which is located within CDC’s Coordinating Center for Health Promotion.

Originally established in 1965 as the National Clearinghouse for Smoking and Health, OSH is dedicated to reducing the death and disease caused by tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.


To develop, conduct, and support strategic efforts to protect the public's health from the harmful effects of tobacco use.


A world free from tobacco-related death and disease.


  • Prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults
  • Promote tobacco use cessation among adults and youth
  • Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities

Partnerships and Actions

To accomplish our goals, we work in partnership with local, state, national, and international leaders to—

  • Expand the science base of effective tobacco control
  • Build sustainable capacity and infrastructure for comprehensive tobacco control programs
  • Communicate timely, relevant information to constituents, policy makers, and the public
  • Coordinate policy, partnerships, and other strategic initiatives to support tobacco control priorities
  • Foster global tobacco control through surveillance, capacity building, and information exchange

National Tobacco Control Program

To achieve our mission, we fund health departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and eight U.S. territories for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control. Funded programs focus on tobacco use prevention, cessation, smoke-free environments, and tobacco-related disparities. To achieve impact, we work collaboratively with state and national partners and networks in providing strategic leadership, a solid science base, and technical assistance to advance evidence-based interventions at the state and local levels.

Global Efforts

To address the worldwide epidemic of disease and death caused by tobacco, we work with international partners to expand the global science base through surveillance and research; build capacity for data collection, analysis and reporting; and assist with linking surveillance data to tobacco control efforts.