Tobacco Control and Prevention

Recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard has resulted in changes in how tobacco cessation is promoted and reduction of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. Since the initial Surgeon General's report on the health risks of smoking, the prevalence of smoking among adults has decreased, and millions of smoking-related deaths have been prevented. However, many still find it extremely difficult to quit despite the well-known adverse effects of smoking. In addition, a substantial number of teens are addicted to smoking. Our faculty study effective cessation and prevention strategies.

Our Work in the News

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January 21, 2020

“You’ve got a national emergency, literally with people ending up on respirators, in ICUs, intensive care units, and some dying, what’s going on with that?” said Dr. Peter Shields, Ohio State University lung cancer specialist. “What’s the long term effects of the e-cigs, which may be separate? And how does that balance out with...

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January 14, 2020

CPH's Micah Berman in Vice: "It's important to recognize that social patterns of tobacco use have always shifted over time, and that arguments about culture need to be balanced against the interest of public health."

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December 19, 2019

CPH's @MicahLBerman: “With a lot of public health laws and tobacco regulations, there is a tendency to declare victory and walk away...My concern is the follow-up.”...