Health Services Region 6-5 Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

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5425 Polk Ave.
Houston, TX 77023
713-767-3030


Purpose

The purpose of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program is to reduce the health and economic toll tobacco has placed on the citizens of Texas.

Goals

  • To eliminate exposure to environmental tobacco smoke
  • To promote tobacco use cessation among adults and youth
  • To prevent initiation of tobacco use by youth
  • To identify and eliminate disparities among diverse and special populations

Activities

  • Technical assistance to community organizations, schools, worksites, health professionals and law enforcement agencies on tobacco use prevention issues
  • A clearinghouse of information on tobacco use prevention issues
  • State-wide media campaign to educate Texans about the dangers of tobacco use and the Texas Tobacco Law
  • Assistance in conducting the Texas Youth Tobacco Survey which provides current data on youth tobacco use rates and trends

Free Information

  • Brochures and literature on various tobacco topics including cessation , environmental tobacco smoke, spit tobacco, cigars, youth, worksite policy development, school resources and multilingual resources
  • Quarterly Tobacco Information and Health Bulletin
  • Tobacco prevention ordinances and laws
  • Current research information and statistics

Promote Comprehensive Tobacco Prevention and Control Initiative through the following vehicles

  • Media
  • School programs
  • Community programs
  • Cessation
  • Enforcement

Help to foster a community environment that promotes tobacco prevention and control

  • Identify and enlist community partners
  • Participate in and support local coalitions
  • Promote and support tobacco prevention and control policies, ordinances and regulations
  • Promote tobacco prevention specific venues such as Red Ribbon Week, Great American Smokeout, Kick Butts Day, and World No Tobacco Day
  • Assess overall initiative for effectiveness through evaluation
  • Set the example for the community
  • Be the leader on the issue

Toll-free number for those who wish to request tobacco information or to report illegal tobacco sales to youth:  1.800.345.6847

Link: 

Department of State Health Services Tobacco Prevention and Control


If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us.

Last updated January 24, 2014