DPH: Tobacco Use Prevention & Control Program


Tobacco Control Program
Our Mission: To enhance the well-being of Connecticut's residents by promoting tobacco-free lifestyles and by educating communities about the economic and health costs and consequences of tobacco use. 

Our program coordinates and assists state and local efforts to prevent people from starting to use tobacco, help current tobacco users quit, and reduce nonsmokers' exposure to second-hand and third-hand smoke.

The single most important thing you can do for your health is to be tobacco-free.

Did You Know?
  • Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the US.
  • There are more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. Hundreds of these chemicals are toxic and about 70 are known to cause cancer in humans and animals.
  • Heart disease is the # 1 cause of death in the US and in Connecticut, and smoking is the #1 cause of heart disease.
  • Smoking is responsible for more than 90% of all lung cancer deaths.  
In Connecticut:
  • There are 447,000 (16%) adult smokers.
  • 52.8% of middle school and high school students have tried a tobacco product, and 24.5% are current tobacco users.
  • 186,000 kids are exposed to secondhand smoke in their home. 

{fda protecting kids} The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
In June 2009, the President signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) (Public Law 111-31) into law. This Act grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and roll-your-own tobacco.
They oversee the manufacture, marketing and distribution of these tobacco products in order to protect public health and to reduce tobacco use by children and adolescents. The Center for Tobacco Products at FDA was created to oversee and enforce the Tobacco Control Act.

The rule contains provisions designed to limit youth access to tobacco products, as well as restrictions on marketing to curb the appeal of these products to youth. Provisions of the new FDA regulations went into effect on June 22, 2010.

Learn more about the FDA regulations regarding tobacco products at www.fda.gov/tobacco

Thinking About Quitting?
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For Free Help or Information to Quit call the CT Quitline at 1-800-784-8669
or go to www.quitnow.net/connecticut to enroll online.

For the hearing impaired -TTY number is 1-877-777-6534.

{ex logo} Or log onto "Become an EX' to start your online programto re-learn life without cigarettes.


 Meet In Person Cessation Services:  Local Community Cessation Programs 

Additional Information:                                           

Tobacco Industry Marketing        Tobacco and Pregnancy        Smokeless Tobacco Fact Sheet

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems - (E-Cig) Fact Sheet       Tobacco Times Newsletter   

Upcoming Trainings    


Smoke Free Housing Resources


Smoke Free College Campuses

Sample Smoke & Vape Free Signage


Types of Tobacco Products (PDF)


What You Can Do to Make a Difference (PDF)

The State of Connecticut Tobacco Program Lending Library - material order catalog

Surgeon General's Report- The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress,  Executive Summary



For more information, please call

The Tobacco Control Program

(860) 509-8251



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Content Last Modified on 11/18/2015 9:33:04 AM