Tuesday, May 11, 2010
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has named preventing and reducing tobacco use as a strategic initiative for HHS. Sebelius noted that it will require “comprehensive, sustained, and accountable tobacco control efforts based on evidence-based interventions” to lower the current smoking rate of twenty percent in the U.S.
Initial actions identified to increase efforts to prevent and reduce tobacco use include:
- Strengthening the implementation of evidence-based tobacco control interventions and policies in States and communities;
- Changing social norms around tobacco use;
- Accelerating research to expand the science base and monitor progress; and
- Leveraging HHS systems and resources to create a society free of tobacco-related disease and death.
Partnership for Prevention