While tobacco control and prevention efforts in the 50 years since the release of the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health have saved an estimated 8 million lives in the U.S., during the same period cigarette smoking cost our nation a devastating 20 million lives, including 2.5 million lives due to exposure to secondhand smoke, confirming tobacco’s relentless role as our nation’s leading preventable cause of death. In recognition of this challenge, we launched the new Center for Tobacco Control to play a leadership role, domestically and globally, in accelerating the reduction of tobacco use and elimination of tobacco-caused cancers and death.
Our top priorities include:
- Working for the adoption and implementation of policies requiring smoke- and tobacco-free in all workplaces, public places, and other important venues such as multi-unit residential settings
- Addressing major new tobacco challenges and opportunities, including taking an increasingly proactive role in addressing the changing tobacco landscape related to the rapidly emerging market for electronic smoking products, including e-cigarettes