National and State Tobacco Control Program

What to know

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers in general. The Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) helps states and communities implement tobacco control programs. They feature national and local campaigns and events, link to state and community resources, produce guidelines, and compile data.

National and State Tobacco Control Program

OSH created the National and State Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) in 1999. NTCP encourages coordinated, national efforts to reduce tobacco-related diseases and deaths. The program provides funding and technical support to state and territorial health departments. NTCP funds:

  • 50 states.
  • Washington, DC.
  • Puerto Rico.
  • Guam.

NTCP State Fact Sheets‎

Find 50 states and the District of Columbia fact sheets which present the latest nationally representative data on smoking and tobacco use and its prevention and control.

NTCP-funded programs work to achieve the objectives outlined in OSH's evidence-based guides: Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs.

NTCP goals

  • Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Promote quitting among adults and youth.
  • Prevent initiation among youth and young adults.
  • Advance health equity by identifying and eliminating commercial tobacco product-related inequities and disparities .

NTCP strategies

  • State and community interventions.
  • Mass-reach health communication interventions.
  • Tobacco use and dependence treatment interventions.
  • Surveillance and evaluation.

Sustaining states objectives

  • Provide strategic consultation to states and territories for the purpose of sustaining their programs.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships that provide leadership for sustaining state and territorial funding.
  • Provide and expand science around specific best practice components.
  • Develop and provide training for states and territories to support and promote program sustainability.

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