HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 1.1 - Reduce Tobacco Use, Especially Among Youth


How We Will Accomplish Our Objective

We will provide funding and technical support for education campaigns to deliver the anti-tobacco message. Teenager refusing a cigaretteOur efforts will focus on:

  • leading a national campaign to educate Americans about the health effects of tobacco use.

  • incorporating tobacco education into Department programs and initiatives that target youth such as Project Youth Connect, Teen Parents, Girl Power!, and the Runaway and Homeless Youth program.

  • promoting the adoption of tobacco education programs by primary care health care professionals and incorporation of the programs into primary health care services.No smoking symbol

  • distributing information to health care practitioners and the public on the consequences of tobacco use through the National Clearinghouse on Alcohol and Drug Information.

  • disseminating Public Health Service guidelines on smoking cessation to health care practitioners and brochures to consumers.

We will fund state tobacco control programs in all states. These programs will:

1.1 Implementation Strategies
  • Education Campaigns
  • Tobacco Prevention/Control Programs
  • Enforcing Prohibitions on Sales to Minors
  • Research
  • educate young people about the dangers of tobacco use and help them to refuse tobacco use.

  • promote cessation of tobacco use among youth and adults.

  • protect the public from secondhand smoke.

  • identify and eliminate disparities in tobacco use among population subgroups.

  • reduce the use of smokeless tobacco.

We will provide assistance to state health departments, schools (in collaboration with the Department of Education), local governments, national anti-tobacco and other organizations to help develop tobacco prevention and control programs. This assistance effort will include a focus on working with states to implement the Synar Amendment.

We will continue to support enforcement of state and local laws and regulations preventing the sale of tobacco to minors through data sharing and technical assistance.

HHS Agencies contributing to this objective (1):


We will undertake research and demonstrations to:

  • better understand why people smoke (e.g., the genetic base, environmental interactions, and socioeconomic factors) as a precursor to developing better interventions to prevent or stop tobacco use.

  • monitor trends in tobacco use.

  • design new ways of preventing or stopping tobacco use and assess the effectiveness of interventions.

  • learn how to more effectively translate proven interventions into practice.

(1) All agencies are listed in Appendix I.