Prevention: A Blueprint for Action. Action Steps for HHS/Tobacco


Prevention of the ill effects of tobacco is an essential part of the HHS mission, and HHS is committed to working in a coordinated, comprehensive, and effective manner to protect the public’s health from the harmful effects of tobacco use.  In 2000, HHS launched a roadmap for improving the health of all people in the U.S. during the first decade of the 21st century, including objectives for reducing the death and disease caused by tobacco use.  In addition, the Secretary’s Steps to a HealthierUS has as one of its major components avoiding risky behaviors, such as using tobacco products, to promote good health and save lives.  There are many opportunities for strategic collaboration among agencies to further reduce the health and economic impact of tobacco-related diseases.

  • Consider opportunities for encouraging smoking cessation activities in a variety of programs and areas, such as: the Federal workplace; among hospitalized cardiac patients; among Americans who receive their health care through or with financing from the Federal Government (Veteran’s Administration, Medicaid, Medicare, Older Americans Act services provider network, Department of Defense, Indian Health Service); or in the HRSA prevention collaborative.
  • Examine ways to encourage use of the Web site,, which offers science-driven tools, information, and other resources that have been found effective in helping smokers quit.
  • Consider opportunities for incorporating tobacco use prevention messages into community-based shelters for runaway and homeless youth and their families; and the National Youth Sports Program youth camps for middle-school-aged, low-income youth.
  • Examine opportunities for tobacco use prevention and smoking cessation among Head Start and Early Head Start staff and parents.
  • Examine opportunities to enhance the delivery of technical assistance on tobacco control through SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies.
  • Consider opportunities to deliver tobacco use and prevention messages to young people through sports and entertainment media campaigns.
  • Examine opportunities to enhance SAMHSA Best Practices via the National Registry of Effective Prevention Programs to include tobacco prevention programs.
  • Examine opportunities to expand the number of materials on tobacco prevention and control that are available through the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information.
  • Consider research that examines the toxicity of current and new tobacco products.
  • Incorporate the findings from the recently released reports on health literacy from the Institute of Medicine and AHRQ into tobacco information and communication activities.
  • Highlight community-based programs that provide rewards for young people who do not smoke.
  • Evaluate and disseminate the results of the Medicare Stop Smoking Program (a pilot currently underway in seven states).

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