Tobacco use, in particular cigarette smoking, impacts those who do not participate in its consumption. The 1986 Surgeon General’s report titled The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking stated that secondhand smoke causes disease in non-smokers.
There is great disparity in tobacco use among diverse Alaskan populations. For instance, Alaska Natives in general, use tobacco products at a much higher rate than Alaska’s population as a whole.
None of these goals can be successfully implemented unless community and state partners have the tools, skills and awareness needed to realize change. This goal addresses building capacity to implement and increase community readiness to accept tobacco prevention and control programs.
It is in the tobacco industry’s best interest to foster and encourage the next generation of tobacco users. The tobacco prevention and control movement must be vigilant and work to support people, notably youth, in their choice to never start to smoke.
It is well documented that it takes the typical smoker up to 10 attempts before they are successful in quitting for good. Programs that assist both young and adult smokers to quit can produce significant health and economic benefits.
Fundamental to the success of tobacco prevention and control activities in Alaska is a well-funded, well-operated, statewide comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that state tobacco-control programs be comprehensive, sustainable, and accountable.
By joining the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance, you can become a member of a team of Alaskans working together to help stop the leading cause of preventable death in our state. Join ATCA
Work Groups offer many ways for you to get involved. Below is a list of the ATCA work groups, click on a work group to see an overview.
The most effective ways to reduce tobacco use and keep kids from ever starting to use tobacco are having a statewide comprehensive tobacco and control program, increasing the price of tobacco and making all public places and work places smoke free. View Resources