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Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program

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Program Vision 

The Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program (TUPCP) is dedicated to reducing the prevalence of tobacco use in Ohio and the associated health effects. Funding for the TUPCP comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health

Program Goals

  1. Prevent youth tobacco-use initiation
  2. Promote cessation of tobacco use.
  3. Eliminate secondhand smoke exposure for all Ohioans.
  4. Eliminate disparities among populations affected by tobacco use. 

Program Initiatives

The Ohio Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program sustains community interventions, counter marketing programs, policy, systems and environmental change tactics and surveillance and evaluation operations to coordinate or maintain the following initiatives:

  • Promote model tobacco-free policies for schools, public places and worksites. 
  • Plan and implement training opportunities for tobacco control advocates and public health workers on specific tobacco control topics such as worksite policies, media and policy advocacy and the latest in cessation methods.
  • Continuous monitoring of tobacco prevalence among Ohioans.  Annual adult tobacco prevalence rates are assessed through the Adult Tobacco Survey and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System while youth tobacco prevalence rates are monitored biannually by way of the Ohio Youth Tobacco Survey.
  • Provide funds for local grants.
  • Provide assistance with quitting tobacco use through 1-800-Quit-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • The Ohio Tobacco Quit Line provides free counseling to Medicaid recipients, uninsured, pregnant women and members of the Ohio Tobacco Collaborative and nicotine replacement therapy to qualified callers.
  • Engage public and private health insurers and employers to provide cessation benefits for the treatment of tobacco use dependence through the Ohio Cessation Benefits Team.
  • The Tobacco Free Ohio Alliance is an association of Ohio agencies, organizations, groups and individuals with a commitment to work to prevent the use of tobacco products and to educate Ohioans about the harmful effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure on all citizens.

Ohio Smoking Facts*

Economic Cost Due to Smoking:

Adult Smoking Rate:

High School Smoking Rate:

Middle School Smoking Rate:

Smoking Attributable Deaths:






*Source: American Lung Association, State of Tobacco Control 2012


Ohio Smoke-Free Workplace Act

In 2006, Ohio voters passed the Ohio Smoke-Free Workplace Act.  The TUPCP actively assists Ohioans with information about the clean indoor air act. For questions concerning Smoke-Free Ohio, call 1-866-634-7654. To report a violation of Ohio’s clean indoor air act, call 1-866-559-6446. 

Mailing Address:

Ohio Department of Health
Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program
246 N. High St
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: 1-866-557-7867


Page Updated: 04/10/2014