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. The Tips ads have been airing nationally, and concerned smokers may be going to their place of worship to seek advice or assistance on quitting. Tobacco use 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 tobacco use has taken on health.
- 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?
Tobacco use 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 tobacco users 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!
Talking with your members about tobacco use has never been easier. Resources to support your work with members include:
- Text QUITNOW to 333888—Message and data rates may apply
- quitSTART appexternal icon—tips, information, and challenges to help you quit
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.”