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Tobacco Use Prevention

nosmoking-600Tobacco use remains the single most preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Each day in the United States, approximately 1,200 current and former smokers die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases and more than $260 million dollars is spent on direct medical expenses related to smoking.

In an effort to create tobacco-free generations and reduce tobacco-related diseases among Georgians, the priorities areas defined within the Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program (GTUPP) are guided by the National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) Goals developed by the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), Healthy People 2020 National Goals and, state goals.

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National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) Goals

  • Prevention: Prevent tobacco initiation among youth and young adults.
  • Promotion: Promote tobacco cessation among youth and adults.
  • Protection: Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Elimination: Identify and eliminate disparities among population groups.

For more information visit:

Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program

CDC – Quitting Smoking