Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program
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.
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.
There are 470,000 (17.1%) adult tobacco users.
Almost 80,000 middle school and high school students have tried cigarette smoking, and each year 4,300 kids become daily smokers.
Every year approximately 4,700 people die as a result of their smoking.
186,000 kids are exposed to secondhand smoke in their home.
To enhance the well-being
of Connecticut's residents by promoting tobacco-free lifestyles and by educating
about the economic and health costs and consequences
of tobacco use.
The single most important thing you can do for your health is to be tobacco-free.
For Free Help or Information to Quit call the CT Quitline at 1-800-784-8669
Or log onto "Become an EX'
to start your online programto re-learn life without cigarettes.
Looking for a Tobacco Cessation Program in your area? Review our list of local programs.
Local Tobacco Cessation Programs in CT
Please browse the website to learn more about tobacco use prevention and cessation at www.facebook.com/ctquits
“TOBACCO: IT’S A WASTE” 2012 Video Contest
To see the winning videos go to www.itsawaste.org
Youth and Tobacco Young Adults
Pregnancy Smoke Free Housing Resources
Institute for Tobacco Education Upcoming Workshops
Tobacco Industry Marketing
Latest Report! 2011 Connecticut School Health Survey - Youth Tobacco Use Report
New! Tobacco Times Newsletter- Spring 2013
New! 2012 Surgeon General's Report - Preventing Tobacco Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults
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
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Types of Tobacco Products (PDF)
What You Can Do to Make a Difference (PDF)
Tobacco Times Newsletter Archives
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