National and State Tobacco Control Program

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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 by featuring national and local campaigns and events, linking to state and community resources, producing guidelines, and compiling data.

National and State Tobacco Control Program

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) created the National and State Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) in 1999 to encourage 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, D.C.
  • Puerto Rico
  • Guam

NTCP-funded programs are working 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.
Tobacco Control Map

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Program Development Resources
Surveillance and Evaluation Resources
Guidelines and Resources
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Smoking and Tobacco Use Features

Collected feature articles on Smoking and Tobacco Use on Smoking and Tobacco Use topics. Features each year coincide with CDC initiatives, annual events like Back-to-School and New Year’s, and observances like World No Tobacco Day. Articles include stories from the award-winning Tips From Former Smokers® campaign as well as resources to help readers successfully quit smoking.