The Mississippi State Department of Health works to address the impact of tobacco use through the Office of Tobacco Control (OTC). As established by Section 41-113-3 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, OTC is charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive statewide strategy that includes tobacco education, prevention, and cessation programs.
The mission of the Office of Tobacco Control is to promote and protect the health of all Mississippians by reducing tobacco-related disease and death. OTC utilizes a systemic approach to achieve this end as outlined in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) and Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs. The program components include:
Each program is developed and implemented based on evidence-based strategies and the recommendations outlined by the CDC.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. In Mississippi, 5,400 adults die each year from smoking, and 192,000 children are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.
Smokers may have a higher risk for more severe complications from COVID-19. There has never been a better time to quit.
The Office of Tobacco Control (OTC) implements a range of integrated programs to encourage and support tobacco-free lifestyles. The OTC provides funding for the 34 Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalitions (MTFCs) that cover the 82 counties of the state and implement tobacco control programs at the grassroots level. The MTFCs are community-based coalitions that work to educate municipalities and schools regarding smoke-free air, prevent the initiation of tobacco use among youth, reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, promote cessation services, and eliminate tobacco-related disparities.
Through the Tobacco-Free Mississippi initiative, the Office of Tobacco Control works with physicians and health associations to incorporate the U.S. Public Health Service's Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations for treating tobacco use into their clinical practices. The initiative's statewide programs include:
According to the CDC's Vital Signs report on Adult Smoking Focusing on People with Mental Illness, 2013, cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the U.S. Despite overall declines in smoking, more people with mental illness smoke than people without mental illness. Because many people with mental illness smoke, many of them will get sick and die early from smoking.
More information can be found at Vital Signs for Adult Smoking.
Tobacco-Free Mississippi participants have also received assistance to implement policy and systems changes such as:
Youth tobacco prevention programs are implemented statewide to deter the initiation of tobacco use among school-age and college youth. The Office of Tobacco Control incorporates youth programs into community-based coalitions and organizations throughout the state and provides youth advocacy and empowerment opportunities for junior high, high school and college students.
While youth cigarette use has gone down, progress in reducing tobacco use and related death and disease has not been equal. Tobacco use and related diseases affect certain populations more than others. Tobacco use unevenly affects lower-income and less-educated communities; racial and ethnic populations; and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. Social determinants of health, such as a lack of food, poor nutrition, violence, poor education, lack of access to healthcare and low household income, undermine health and the ability to achieve good health. In addition, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) like poverty, homelessness and hunger can affect health into adulthood. Experiencing four or more ACEs during childhood is associated with an increased risk for seven out of ten leading adult causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, COPD, diabetes, Alzheimer's and suicide.
Current youth tobacco prevention efforts focus on the populations most affected by tobacco use: students with low income, poor nutrition, those living with homelessness, those living in rural areas, and minority populations. View the theory of change map for more details. Engaged youth across the state are participating in tobacco prevention activities to drive local change and awareness, with an overall goal of reducing tobacco use and reducing future tobacco related disease and death.
Use of any form of tobacco product by youth is unsafe, including e-cigarettes. The increase in e-cigarette use is alarming because youth nicotine use can lead to addiction and can harm the developing brain, impacting learning, memory, and attention. Please see our E-cigarette resources for more information.
Care for Their Air
Educates parents and caregivers on the harmful effects of exposure to secondhand smoke, especially to babies and young children. Program participants commit to providing a smoke-free environment in their homes and cars. For more information on how to bring this program to your daycare or head start center, contact the Office of Tobacco Control.
The Mississippi Tobacco Quitline is an evidence-based, tobacco cessation treatment program that has services available to adult residents of the state of Mississippi who are motivated to quit using tobacco products. The program is available by the telephone and also in a web-based format to deliver counseling and nicotine replacement therapy (the patch and gum) at no cost to participants. All staff are Master's Level counselors who deliver effective behavior modification therapy. Both counseling and medications are effective, but when combined, tobacco users are twice as likely to quit for good.
The ACT Center is an evidence-based, tobacco cessation treatment program that has services available to adult residents of the state who are motivated to quit using tobacco products. The program is delivered via an in-person, group setting and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and medications are available at no cost to participants. The ACT Center in in Jackson, Mississippi. All counselors are Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists (CTTS). For more information, please call 601-815-1180.
The Office of Tobacco Control implements a surveillance and evaluation system to monitor and provide short-term, intermediate and long-term interventions to influence program and policy direction, ensure accountability, and demonstrate effectiveness. The Office of Tobacco Control uses the knowledge and skills of public health experts and academic researchers to ensure advanced surveillance and evaluation practices are employed. State-specific tobacco control surveillance and evaluation data can be accessed at www.MSTobaccoData.org. Additional sources for data and statistics are listed below.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs:
The Office of Tobacco Control employs the following measures to ensure effectiveness:
Fact Sheets & Brochures
MSDH Office of Tobacco Control
805 South Wheatley Blvd., Suite 400
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Office: 601-991-6050 Toll-free: 1-866-724-6115
|Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs.||http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/stateandcommunity/best_practices/|
|Get FREE help quitting tobacco||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,1774,94,html|
|Learn more about the dangers of Juul and e-cigarettes||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,705,html|
|Read more about smoking and COVID-19, and steps toward quitting||https://smokefree.gov/quit-smoking/smoking-and-covid19|
|More about the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalitions||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,756,html|
|Mississippi Primary Health Care Association||http://www.mphca.com/|
|Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians||https://www.msafp.org/foundation/foundation-programs/tobacco-free-mississippi/|
|American Academy of Pediatrics||http://www.aapms.org/Pediatric-Tobacco-Control/|
|Mississippi Rural Health Association||http://www.msrha.org|
|Mississippi Nurses Foundation||http://www.msnursesfoundation.com|
|University of Southern Mississippi||http://www.usm.edu/ids|
|Vital Signs for Adult Smoking||http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/SmokingAndMentalIllness/index.html|
|theory of change map||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/8309.pdf|
|Health Equity in Mississippi||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,236,html|
|Secondhand Smoke Exposure by Race/Ethnicity||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/8311.pdf|
|Tobacco-Related Health Disparities||https://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/tcrb/monographs/22/|
|Care for Their Air||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,766,html|
|More about the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline||http://www.quitlinems.com|
|Youth Tobacco Survey||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/31,0,299,364,html|
|Youth Risk Behavior Survey||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/31,0,299,363,html|
|Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/31,0,110,html|
|Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs||http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/stateandcommunity/best_practices/|
|Mississippi Tobacco Control Strategic Framework 2019-2023||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,8429,94,pdf/MSDH_Tobacco_Framework_2019-2023.pdf|
|Office of Tobacco Control Annual Report||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,63,html|
|Mississippi Youth Tobacco Survey Data||http://mstobaccodata.org/data/youth-tobacco-survey/|
|2020 Surgeon General's Report||https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2020-smoking-cessation/?s_cid=OSH_misc_m180|
|2014 Surgeon General's Report||http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/50th-anniversary/|
|Tobacco-Related Fact Sheets||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,280,html|
|Links to additional tobacco control resources||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,839,html|
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