Faith-Based FAQs

Why is CDC focusing on this faith-based initiative?

Faith-based organizations (FBOs) have long played an important role in addressing social challenges and protecting people at risk. People who are concerned about tobacco use may seek advice or assistance about quitting from their place of worship.

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. The faith community can be a powerful force in reducing the toll smoking has taken on health.

Which faith-based organizations have supported the Tips From Former Smokers campaign?

  • American Baptist Convention
  • Islamic Society of North America
  • National Episcopal Health Ministries
  • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • Seventh Day Adventists
  • Southern Baptist Convention
  • United Church of Christ
  • United Methodists Church

As a faith leader, I have several competing social issues to present to my members. Why is reducing tobacco use important?

Cigarette smoking is still the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. It is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and other common chronic diseases. The good news is that the majority of people who smoke say they want to quit, and more than half try to quit each year. However, only 4% to 7% of smokers are successful in quitting each year. You can make a difference!

I don’t have a medical background. What can I do to help my members quit smoking?

Talking with your members about quitting smoking has never been easier. Resources to support your work with members include:

Free Quitting Resources
Smartphone Apps/Text
Free Quitting Resources
Smartphone Apps/Text

Amanda B. tried several times to quit smoking. She says prayer played a large role in helping her finally succeed.

“I learned different ways to handle stress. I started exercising and I definitely prayed a lot.”

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