Tobacco is a plant grown for its leaves, which are dried and fermented before being put in tobacco products. Tobacco contains nicotine, an ingredient that can lead to addiction, which is why so many people who use tobacco find it difficult to quit. There are also many other potentially harmful chemicals found in tobacco or created by burning it. NIDA Drug Facts: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
E-cigarettes and mechanical vape mods are types of nicotine delivery systems. NIDA Drug Facts: E-Cigarettes
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy, and research. With the generous support of the public we are “Fighting for Air.” When you join the American Lung Association in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, you help save lives today and keep America healthy tomorrow.
Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence
Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD) is an organization of providers dedicated to the promotion of and increased access to evidence-based tobacco treatment for the tobacco user.
BeTobaccoFree.gov provides information from various Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) operating and staff divisions.
Tips From Former Smokers
In March 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the first-ever paid national tobacco education campaign—Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®). The Tips campaign profiles real people who are living with serious long-term health effects from smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.
Center for Tobacco Products Exchange Lab
The Center for Tobacco Products Exchange Lab site gives you a free, easy way to gather and share science-based, tobacco-related content on your website, application, and social media channels through web content. You can also order or download free print materials on tobacco prevention and education through the Exchange Lab.
Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs
The vision of Tobacco Treatment Training Program accreditation is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in the professional preparation of Tobacco Treatment Specialists through the accreditation of Tobacco Treatment Specialist training. As an accrediting body, we are committed to the development and proliferation of standards and procedures that meet the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and complex population of tobacco users.
“Fresh Empire” is FDA’s first public education campaign designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among at-risk multicultural youth ages 12-17 who identify with hip-hop culture, specifically African American, Hispanic, and Asian American/Pacific Islander youth.
“Fresh Empire” targets youth who identify with the hip-hop peer crowd—an innovative and promising segmentation approach that focuses on youth who share the same core ideals, have similar life experiences and common interests, and are at higher risk for tobacco use.
Get Smart About Tobacco
Studies have shown that school-based programs can help reduce the number of kids who use tobacco products. Teach the grades 6–7 materials found on the link to help build a tobacco-free future generation—while reinforcing skills in scientific literacy, health, reading comprehension, writing, and critical thinking with the Get Smart About Tobacco program.
Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco.
Kill the Can
Kill the Can helps users quit dip, smokeless tobacco and chewing tobacco. This site offers an online community dedicated to quitting smokeless tobacco and supporting each other in their struggles.
Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes & Young People
The 2016 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on e-cigarette use among youth and young adults is the first report issued by a Federal agency that comprehensively reviews the public health issue of electronic cigarettes and their impact on our nation’s young people. Evidence was gathered from studies that included one or more of three age groups: young adolescents (11–14 years of age); adolescents (15–17 years of age); and young adults (18–25 years of age).
My Last Dip
At MyLastDip, we offer a family of unique research-tested, self-help programs designed specifically to help chewing tobacco users quit for good. Developed by researchers with over 40 years’ experience in helping chewers quit tobacco, these programs have been funded by research grants from the National Cancer Institute (U.S. National Institutes of Health).
National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control
The National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control is 1 of 8 CDC National Networks that ignite action to eliminate tobacco use and cancer disparities. NBHN serves as a resource hub for organizations, healthcare providers, and public health professionals seeking to combat these disparities among individuals with mental illnesses and addictions.
Parents Against Vaping
PAVe (Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes) is a national grassroots advocacy and education organization founded in 2018 by three New York City moms as a response to the youth vaping epidemic.
Taking Down Tobacco: A Step by Step Guide
Taking Down Tobacco is a comprehensive youth advocacy training program created by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in partnership with the CVS Health Foundation. This initiative educates and engages youth through free online and in-person trainings. It provides introductory training for youth new to the fight against tobacco and advanced training to help young leaders take their advocacy to the next level.
The Partnership to End Addiction – Vaping & E-Cigarettes
Separate the myths from the facts. Developed by Partnership to End Addiction, a trusted authority on addiction research.
Not So Safe
Youth might think vaping is “safe” because there’s no tobacco. Unfortunately, we just don’t know that for a fact. And it might be years before we really understand the long-term damage vaping can do to your body. We do know some things about e-cigs, though. And they might surprise you. And disgust you. And possibly freak you out a little. Or a lot. Learn more at Not So Safe.
The Real Cost
Chances are, you’ve already heard that smoking is harmful to your health.
We don’t need to tell you that.
We’re here to fill in the blanks—to explain what makes smoking so harmful—and to debunk a few myths while we’re at it. Learn more at The Real Costs.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: 50 Years of Tobacco Control
Tobacco use remains the number-one cause of preventable death in the United States, and combined with secondhand smoke, results in hundreds of thousands of deaths and nearly $100 billion in annual health care expenditures. Learn more at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: 50 Years of Tobacco Control
SelfMade Health Network
SelfMade Health Network is a national network of dedicated professionals, organizations and communities seeking to eliminate cancer and tobacco-related disparities among our nation’s most vulnerable, underserved and “high-risk” populations. As a cross-sector network of members, we aim to educate, empower and mobilize systems within communities nationwide for a healthier future.
Our network is the newest member of the CDC’s consortium of national networks, jointly funded by the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC), established to advance prevention efforts related to tobacco-related and cancer health disparities among vulnerable populations. Our strategic focus areas are breast, cervical , colorectal and lung cancer prevention, screening, control and survivorship, tobacco use screening and cessation and tobacco-free environments.
The U.S. tobacco industry has a long, documented history of collaborating with the U.S. film industry to promote smoking and tobacco brands. Explore the Smokefree Movies site to learn more about how tobacco bought its way into movies and how we can get it out, once and for all.
The Smokefree Teen site is designed & run by people at the National Cancer Institute. We want you to take control of your health. We’re NOT going to tell you what to do. This site is designed to help you understand the decisions you make—especially the decision to quit smoking—and how those decisions fit into your life.
Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) aims to increase smoking cessation rates and increase the number of health professionals who help smokers quit.
Students Against Vaping
SAVe (Students Against Vaping e-cigarettes), founded by concerned teens, is a grassroots group that seeks to educate students about the dangers of e-cigarettes; advocate for themselves by standing up to the corporations that market to minors.
Tips to Help Avoid “Vape” Battery Explosions
You may have heard that e-cigarettes, or “vapes,” can explode and seriously injure people. Although they appear rare, these explosions are dangerous. The exact causes of such incidents are not yet clear, but some evidence suggests that battery-related issues may lead to vape explosions. The safety tips below may help you avoid a vape battery explosion. Please report a vape explosion or any other unexpected health or safety issue with a vape to the FDA. Learn more at Tips to Help Avoid “Vape” Battery Explosions
Take Back the Air With No Smoking Signs from TECC
Take Back the Air With No Smoking Signs from TECC (TECC) materials are reviewed for cultural, educational, and language needs of various populations and selected for the catalog based on recommendations by expert material review committees. TECC produces and distributes low cost educational material covering tobacco use prevention, secondhand smoke exposure, and smoking cessation.
This Free Life Campaign
“This Free Life” aims to reach LGBT young adults by appealing to their shared values, similar life experiences and common interests. The campaign reflects LGBT young adults’ desire to be “free” as it relates to their lives and experiences, and connects this desire to the importance of being free from tobacco. The essence of the campaign is expressed through its tagline: “Freedom to Be, Tobacco-Free.”
Truth focuses on spreading awareness and inspiring action in the fight to end smoking.
Find media resources including infographics developed by the truth initiative to help end smoking.
Truth Tobacco Industry Documents: University of California San Francisco
An archive of 14 million documents created by tobacco companies about their advertising, manufacturing, marketing, scientific research and political activities, hosted by the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management.
What Are We Vaping?
Youth might think vaping is “safe” because there’s no tobacco. Unfortunately, we just don’t know that for a fact. And it might be years before we really understand the long-term damage vaping can do to your body. We do know some things about e-cigs, though. And they might surprise you. And disgust you. And possibly freak you out a little. Or a lot. Learn more at What Are We Vaping?.