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The Facts

Tobacco control programs play a crucial role in the prevention of many chronic conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, and respiratory illness. Evidence continues to mount supporting the critical role that comprehensive state and local tobacco control programs play in keeping young people from starting to smoke, increasing the number of people who successfully quit, and decreasing nonsmokers’ exposure to secondhand smoke. Although we know how to address these problems, funding for tobacco control programs continues to be sorely inadequate.

Tobacco Use Continues to Be the Leading Cause of Preventable Death, Disease, and Excess Health Care Costs

Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs Work

Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs Save Lives

Funding for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs Is Inadequate

Without Adequate Funding for Tobacco Control Programs, Positive Trends Will Reverse


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