High rates of smoking in the United States expose more than 88 million people to secondhand smoke on a regular basis. Despite all the evidence detailing the dangers of tobacco use, teens and young adults continue to smoke at very high rates in the United States. More than 3 million middle and high school students smoke cigarettes and more and more young people are turning to flavored tobacco products and e-cigarettes.
CADCA’s Tobacco Use Prevention Toolkit is designed to provide coalitions and drug prevention practitioners with strategies and ideas they can implement to prevent and reduce tobacco use in their communities. Most of the toolkit’s content is based on an environmental approach, with strategies aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems and policies. Grounded in the field of public health, environmental strategies offer well-accepted prevention approaches that coalitions can use to change the context (or environment) in which tobacco use occurs.
The toolkit’s Tobacco Use Prevention Strategies are based on CADCA’s 7 Strategies for Effective Community Change. Other components of the toolkit include fact sheets, success stories, and several helpful tools such as a sample logic model, a sample smoke-free ordinance and sample intervention maps.