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.
Increasing efforts in the area of tobacco control is a big step in the right direction to ensure that Americans live healthier lives.

Brandi Robinson
Program Associate
Partnership for Prevention


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