Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in Alaska. During each year, smoking alone is linked to an estimated 700 deaths and $575 million in health care costs in Alaska. About 2 out of 3 smokers want to quit but struggle to break the addiction.
The Tobacco Prevention and Control (TPC) Program mission is to coordinate and promote activities that help all Alaskans to live healthy and tobacco-free lives.
- Helps people quit tobacco by supporting free cessation services for all Alaskans
- Improves tobacco cessation services by working with Tribal Health Organizations and health care providers
- Educates the public on health harms of tobacco use and secondhand smoke
- Supports community policies that create tobacco-free environments
- Helps youth stay healthy by empowering them to avoid tobacco products
- Collects and shares information about tobacco use in Alaska and health consequences for Alaskans
Individuals, communities and tribes can do the following:
Parents can talk to their kids about the harms of nicotine in tobacco products, including e-cigarettes like JUUL.
Tobacco users can contact Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line for FREE cessation services, including nicotine gum, lozenges and patches.
Smokers/vapers can follow Smokefree workplace laws and ordinances by smoking cigarettes/vaping outside and away from others.
Health care providers can go to www.akbriefintervention.org for free training on effective tobacco screening and referral.
Everyone can support tobacco-free public spaces and events.