Approximately 7,500 Oklahomans die each year from tobacco-related causes, with more than 700 that are caused by exposure to secondhand smoke alone. The Center for the Advancement of Wellness works to prevent tobacco initiation and reduce existing tobacco use through systems-level and social norm change. Tobacco control efforts in Oklahoma work in partnership among many organizations and agencies to ensure adherence to the best practice strategies that have been proven to work.
The 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s report on the Health Consequences of Smoking recommends enhancing implementation of proven tobacco-control strategies, including:
- Fully funding statewide tobacco control programs at CDC-recommended levels
- Raising the average price of tobacco products
- Extending comprehensive smokefree indoor protections (prohibit smoking in indoor worksites and public places to include restaurants and bars)
- Mass media campaigns that shape social norms around preventing tobacco use initiation, encouraging cessation among current users, and encouraging support for smoke-free environments.
Specific tobacco control efforts include support for local community grantees working on tobacco control such as the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Healthy Living Program and the OSDH MPOWER Program, monitoring of clean indoor air regulations, policy implementation to reduce secondhand smoke exposure and promotion of cessation services that are currently available to every Oklahoman through the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. Additional information on the Best Practices for Tobacco Control Programs, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/stateandcommunity/best_practices/