guyTobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and death. It has been strongly associated with several forms of cancer, heart disease and stroke, and diseases of the lungs. Tobacco use includes smoking cigarettes and cigars and chewing smokeless tobacco.  Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke has also been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer, sudden heart attack, respiratory illnesses and sudden infant death syndrome. 

Increasing awareness and knowledge about the dangers of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke are important elements of prevention. Improving skills and social support for avoiding tobacco use, such as learning how to effectively respond to stress or peer pressure, are important components of prevention efforts.  Creating smoke-free environments, increasing the price of tobacco products, and reducing the cost for cessation treatments have been shown to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Background on Tobacco

Included in the Intervention MICA tobacco topic are considerations for implementing interventions with different populations and in different settings. Evidence-based strategies and interventions are described in detail. Action steps, tools and resources for planning and implementing a tobacco intervention are provided.  Other related Intervention MICA topics are:

Other resources are available to provide additional information about the prevention and cessation of tobacco use, reduction of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, and the elimination of disparities in tobacco use including the following:

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