Mississippi State Department of Health

Office of Tobacco Control


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.

Program Activities

Community Interventions and Programs

Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalitions

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.

Statewide Programs and Partners

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:

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 Programs

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. 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.

E-Cigarettes and Vaping

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.

Catch My Breath

CATCH My Breath is a peer-reviewed, evidence-based youth vaping prevention program developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The program provides up-to-date information to teachers, parents, and health professionals to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about the use of e-cigarettes, including Juul and disposable devices. CATCH My Breath utilizes a peer-led teaching approach and meets National and State Health Education Standards.

Tobacco Cessation Interventions

The Mississippi Tobacco Quitline

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 for Tobacco Treatment, Education, and Research

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.

Surveillance and Evaluation

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.

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Administration and Management

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs:

Effective tobacco prevention and control programs require substantial funding to implement, thus making critical the need for sound fiscal management. Internal capacity within a state health department is essential for program sustainability, efficacy, and efficiency.

The Office of Tobacco Control employs the following measures to ensure effectiveness:

Tobacco Control Resources


Fact Sheets & Brochures

More Resources


MSDH Office of Tobacco Control
805 South Wheatley Blvd., Suite 400
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Office: 601-991-6050 Toll-free: 1-866-724-6115
Fax: 601-956-4981

Links referenced on this page
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 ok
Learn more about the dangers of Juul and e-cigarettes    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,705,html ok
More about the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalitions    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,756,html ok
Community Health Center Association of Mississippi    https://chcams.org/tobacco-free-mississippi/
Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians    https://www.msafp.org/foundation/foundation-programs/tobacco-free-mississippi/
Vital Signs for Adult Smoking    http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/SmokingAndMentalIllness/index.html
Health Equity in Mississippi    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,236,html ok
Secondhand Smoke Exposure by Race/Ethnicity    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/8311.pdf
Spanish    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/8310.pdf
Tobacco-Related Health Disparities    https://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/tcrb/monographs/22/
E-cigarette resources    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,705,html ok
CATCH My Breath    https://letsgo.catch.org/
Participant Quitline Flyer    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/resources/20049.pdf
Support Referrals to Smoking Cessation Programs for Providers    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/resources/20050.pdf
Intervention and Referral Training    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/43,0,94,470.html ok
More about the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline    https://quitnow.net/MS
ACT Center    http://www.act2quit.org
www.MSTobaccoData.org    http://www.mstobaccodata.org
Youth Tobacco Survey    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/31,0,303,html ok
Youth Risk Behavior Survey    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/31,0,302.html ok
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/31,0,110,html ok
Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs    http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/stateandcommunity/best_practices/
Advisory Council    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,342,html ok
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 ok
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/
More reports    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,63,html ok
Tobacco-Related Fact Sheets    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,280,html ok
Brochures    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,839,html ok
Links to additional tobacco control resources    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,94,839,html ok

Resources referenced
Secondhand Smoke Exposure by Race/Ethnicity    https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/8311.pdf ok
Spanish    https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/8310.pdf ok
Participant Quitline Flyer    https://msdh.ms.gov/page/resources/20049.pdf ok
Support Referrals to Smoking Cessation Programs for Providers    https://msdh.ms.gov/page/resources/20050.pdf ok
Mississippi Tobacco Control Strategic Framework 2019-2023    https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,8429,94,pdf/MSDH_Tobacco_Framework_2019-2023.pdf ok

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