2019: OSH’s Year of Cessation
Quitting smoking is one of the most important things individuals can do to protect their health. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States, and the changing landscape of tobacco use demands innovation to expand and improve efforts to help people quit.
To bring attention to the critical role of cessation as part of a comprehensive tobacco prevention and control approach, OSH has declared 2019 its Year of Cessation.
Year of Cessation Goals
Throughout the year, OSH will amplify resources and activities that support people in quitting tobacco. OSH’s activities will align with three overarching goals:
- To develop and share tailored and/ or targeted cessation resources.
- To increase the reach of cessation interventions and the use of cessation treatments among high-prevalence populations.
- To improve engagement with health systems in order to advance the integration of cessation-related clinical care.
Year of Cessation Resources
The Year of Cessation focuses on different aspects of cessation policy, practice, and treatment through a quarterly framework, which begins and ends with a focus on helping people who use tobacco to quit.
Year of Cessation resources will be created each Quarter. Once ready for release, they can be accessed below.
Quarter 1: January to March 2019
- Letter from the Director: January 2019 [PRINT ONLY PDF – 1 MB]
A letter from Dr. Corinne Graffunder to kick off the Year of Cessation.
- It’s Never Too Early to Quit Smoking
CDC Feature focused on Cessation.
- Presentation Slides [PRINT ONLY PDF – 346 KB]
Brief slides that provide background on OSH’s Year of Cessation.
Quarter 2: April to June 2019
- Letter from the Director: April 2019 [PRINT ONLY PDF – 521 KB]
A letter from Dr. Corinne Graffunder at the start of Quarter 2 of Year of Cessation.
- Former Smokers and Their Families Speak Out
CDC Feature announcing the 2019 Tips From Former Smokers® campaign launch.
- Cancer Survivors Month: Free Help to Quit Smoking
CDC blog post offering cessation support during Cancer Survivors Month.
Quarter 3: July to September 2019
- Letter from the Director: July 2019 [PRINT ONLY PDF – 742 KB]
A letter from Dr. Corinne Graffunder at the start of Quarter 3 of Year of Cessation.
- Million Hearts Tobacco Cessation Change Package
A quality improvement tool highlighting process improvements for healthcare professionals delivering treatment for tobacco use and dependence.
- ASTHO Podcast: Operationalizing Tobacco Cessation Policy Efforts
A podcast showing how states can improve access to cessation services for individuals who smoke.
Quarter 4: October to December 2019
- Letter from the Director: October 2019 [PRINT ONLY PDF – 379 KB]
A letter from Dr. Corinne Graffunder at the start of Quarter 4 of Year of Cessation.
- National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines 15th Anniversary Infographic [PRINT ONLY PDF – 708 KB]
- Tools and Resources for Healthcare Providers
New web content on CDC’s smoking and tobacco use website for healthcare providers. Resources for clinicians include clinical tools, patient resources, education and training tools, and information on cessation support resources.
- National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines: 15th Anniversary Booklet [PDF-3.1MB]