Tobacco Prevention and Control

The Tobacco Prevention and Control (TPC) Branch works with local coalitions, community agencies, and state and national partners to implement and evaluate effective tobacco prevention and cessation activities that meet the following goals:

  • Eliminating environmental tobacco use exposure.
  • Promoting quitting among adults and youth.
  • Preventing youth initiation.
  • Identifying and eliminating disparities among populations.

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Secondhand Smoke

This is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke kills over 750 nonsmoking Alabamians each year. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased rish for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems, severe asthma, and reduced lung function. Learn what you can do to help.

Alabama Quitline

Studies show about 70 percent of all smokers want to quit. In Alabama, tobacco users can get free help by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visiting

FDA Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan

FDA's Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan is a series of actions to stop youth use of tobacco products, especially e-cigarettes, with special focus on three key areas:

  • Preventing youth access to tobacco products
  • Curbing marketing of tobacco products aimed at youth; and
  • Educating teens about the dangers of using any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, as well as educating retailers about their key role in protecting youth

For more information, visit the FDA Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan.

The Burden of Tobacco in Alabama

Key findings of The Burden of Tobacco in Alabama are noted below.

Tobacco Use in Alabama

  • High school students who smoke: 18.6% (Girls: 14.8%; Boys: 22.2%)
  • Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco: 19.1%
  • Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year: 9,300
  • Kids exposed to secondhand smoke at home: 289,000
  • Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year: 12.8 million
  • Adults in Alabama who smoke: 22.5% (Men - 25.7%; Women - 19.7%; Pregnant Females - 12.0%)

The Health Impact of Tobacco in Alabama

  • 8,685 deaths in Alabama were attributable to smoking-related diseases.
    3,293 deaths due to cancer
    - 2,339 deaths due to cardiovascular disease
    - 2,264 deaths due to respiratory disease
    - 789 deaths due to secondhand smoke (SHS) and smoking-related fires
  • 121,909 years of potential life were lost due to smoking-attributable premature death
  • 15.3 average of years lost among adults who died as a result of a smoking attributable illness.
  • 157,920 Alabama residents are living with a smoking-attributable illness.

The Economic Impact of Tobacco in Alabama

  • $1.88 billion in excess personal medical care expenditures were attributable to smoking.
  • $2.84 billion in productivity losses were attributable to smoking-related premature death.
  • $941 million in productivity losses were attributable to smoking-related illnesses.
  • $166 million in personal medical costs and productivity losses were attributable to exposure to SHS.
  • $5.6 billion was the estimated total annual economic impact of tobacco use

State Plans

Alabama State Plan for Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (2015-2020)
Alabama Cancer Facts & Figures, 2016-2017
ACCCC Cancer State Plan

2014 Surgeon General's Report

Fifty years after Alabama native Luther Terry issued the landmark Surgeon General's Report on smoking and its health consequences, smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the nation.

Page last updated: March 13, 2019