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Smoking and Tobacco
Tobacco is bad for you!
Every year tobacco claims more lives than AIDS, alcohol, drug abuse, car crashes, murder, suicides, and fires combined. It is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and in the District of Columbia.
African-Americans and Latino’s have the highest rates of cigarette use in the District of Columbia. (BRFSS 2010 data) If current trends continue, 8,000 District children alive today will eventually die from smoking. Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals and over 40 of them are cancer causing. Tobacco also includes nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive drug. That is why people get hooked and find it very difficult to quit smoking. In fact, second to alcohol, tobacco is the most-used substance in the District of Columbia. More than 720 DC residents die each year from their own smoking.
If you’re interested in quitting smoking or other tobacco use, please call:
Make the DC Quitline your Lifeline.
Or use this list of Tobacco Cessation Programs in DC, Maryland, and Virginia to find a program for you.
DOH’s Tobacco Control Program
DOH’s Tobacco Control Program aims to reduce disease, disability and death due to tobacco use by:
- Preventing youth from smoking;
- Helping adults and youth quit their tobacco use;
- Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke; and
- Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among specific populations.
The Tobacco Control Program is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the District’s tobacco-free laws and ensuring residents can access cessation assistance.
- Fact Sheet: What’s in a Cigarette
- Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General
- A Report of the Surgeon General – The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke
- Executive Summary of the Surgeon General's Report [PDF]
Laws and Regulations
- DOH Functions Clarification Act of 2001 [PDF]
- DOH Function Clarification Amendment Act of 2006 [PDF]
- Final Published Rules [PDF]
- Smoke-Free Workplace Law Information - Updated