Why is tobacco control important? Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and around the world. Worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 6 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will claim more than 8 million lives annually by 2030.
In the U.S., 17.8% of American adults smoke cigarettes, and tobacco causes approximately 1 in 5 American deaths. Additionally, smoking costs the United States over $300 billion dollars annually in direct medical care costs and lost productivity. The good news is nearly 7 out of 10 smokers report a desire to quit.
ActionToQuit is a tobacco control policy program dedicated to reducing tobacco-related death, disease and cost through communication, education, and advocacy.
ActionToQuit informs thought leaders, advocates and policymakers about current issues in tobacco control and urges all sectors – employers, insurers, health care systems, quitlines, and policymakers – to work together to develop and promote sound tobacco control policies. ActionToQuit provides daily technical assistance to over 2,000 tobacco control leaders and advocates in all fifty states.
What We Do:
Daily, weekly, and monthly communications are sent out to the ActionToQuit network. The content encompasses all things related to tobacco control. This includes upcoming event announcements, research, toolkits, videos, reports, press releases, public comment opportunities, and daily news. Sign up on our home page, HERE.
ActionToQuit advocates for policies that will advance tobacco control with an emphasis on increasing access to tobacco cessation services for all Americans. Here are examples of an ActionToQuit policy brief and advocacy letter.
- Our Website
www.actiontoquit.org has become a premier destination for those seeking information related to tobacco control policy and system change. The website is updated daily with tobacco control news. It also includes special sections dedicated to trending topics in tobacco control and specific populations uniquely affected by tobacco. To stay informed about tobacco control, sign up to join the A2Q Network.