Back to TPCB Home Page
January 11, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. The 1964 landmark report, released by Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry, was the first federal government report linking smoking and ill health, including lung cancer and heart disease. This scientifically rigorous report laid the foundation for tobacco control efforts in the United States.
This 2014 report highlights half a century of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of tobacco use, and introduces initiatives that can potentially end the tobacco use epidemic in the United States.
CDC's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs – 2014 is an evidence-based guide to help states plan and establish effective tobacco control programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use. This document updates Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs – 2007. This updated edition describes an integrated programmatic structure for implementing interventions proven to be effective and provides levels of state investment to prevent and reduce tobacco use in each state.
Tobacco use is the single largest cause of preventable premature mortality in the United States. It also represents an enormous cost burden to the nation. The question is, what works to make tobacco use prevention and control successful at the population or community level? The CDC's Guide to Community Preventive Services addresses the effectiveness of community-based interventions within three strategic areas of tobacco use prevention and control: 1) prevent tobacco product use initiation, 2) increase cessation and 3) reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). The findings strengthen and complement existing guidelines on tobacco prevention and control.
For questions or more information about the CDC's Guide to Community Preventive Services, please contact the CDC.