Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States (CDC). The total economic cost of smoking is more than $600 billion a year, including direct medical care for adults and lost productivity (CDC).

In Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends statewide programs that combine and coordinate community-based interventions that focus on the following areas.

  1. Preventing initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults
  2. Promoting quitting among adults and youth
  3. Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, and
  4. Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups

Community Preventive Services Task Force Findings

Summary Table

This summary of CPSTF findings to reduce tobacco use can be used as a reference, included in presentations, or shared with colleagues.

Implementation Resources

Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2014
Developed by the CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health
CDC’s Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5) Initiative
HI-5 highlights non-clinical, community-wide approaches that have evidence reporting 1) positive health impacts, 2) results within five years, and 3) cost effectiveness and/or cost savings over the lifetime of the population or earlier. The website features links to implementation resources and success stories that can help communities get started.

Tobacco Control Interventions

Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General
Developed by the HHS, Office of the Surgeon General

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Use these materials to share information about the CPSTF findings and Community Guide products with your community.

What Works Fact Sheets

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

One Pagers

Community Guide News

Developed by The Community Guide in collaboration with CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health