The Tobacco Prevention and Control (TPC) Branch within the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention was created with funds from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 1993. By working with local coalitions, community agencies, and state and national partners, the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch endeavors to implement and evaluate effective tobacco prevention and cessation activities that meet the following goals:
- Eliminating environmental tobacco use exposure.
- Promoting quitting among adults and youth.
- Preventing youth initiation.
- Identifying and eliminating disparities among populations.
Alabama State Plan for Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (2010-2015) (2.6 MB)
The Burden of Tobacco in Alabama
Tobacco Use in Alabama
- High school students who smoke: 18.6% (Girls: 14.8%; Boys: 22.2%)
- Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco: 19.1% (Females use is much lower.)
- Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year: 9,300
- Kids exposed to secondhand smoke at home: 289,000
- Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year: 12.8 million
- Adults in Alabama who smoke: 22.5% (Men - 25.7%; Women - 19.7%; Pregnant Females - 12.0%)