Improving Health by Reducing Tobacco Use

  • Tobacco kills more people in our state than AIDS, alcohol, auto accidents, drug overdoses, murders, and suicides combined. The use of cigarettes and other tobacco products is the single, most preventable cause of disease, disability and death, both in Michigan and across the United States.

    The MDHHS Tobacco Section team is dedicated to changing the negative health and economic impact of tobacco by:

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It's the Law: No Smoking in Public

Help Our Children Fight Tobacco

  • Every year, approximately 5,200 Michigan kids under the age of 18 become regular smokers. Although the most recent Michigan Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicates that fewer youths are using tobacco, the war against underage tobacco use has yet to be won. There are four major evidence-based strategies that have been proven to reduce youth initiation to tobacco use:

    1. de-normalizing tobacco;
    2. counteracting industry messages that come from advertising, merchandizing, the Internet, and event sponsorships;
    3. increasing the price of tobacco products by raising taxes; and
    4. ensuring that our schools are tobacco-free zones.

    Learn more about what can be done to keep our children from starting the tobacco habit.

The Ever-Changing Face of Tobacco

  • Tricky Treats with Tobacco ProductsObviously, not everyone who uses tobacco smokes cigarettes. Tobacco manufacturers have released a wide variety of new products in recent years in an attempt to keep the tobacco users they have and lure new ones into the market.

    Today, tobacco is available in a number of different forms that users can smoke, chew, and even suck on or dissolve in their mouths and then swallow. These are not your father's cigarettes, cigars or pipe tobaccos.

    Find out more about the range of tobacco-based products available for purchase in stores and online. You may be surprised.

Is Tobacco Marketing Affecting Your Community?

  • The amount of tobacco use varies from one population group to another. For instance, American Indians living in Michigan have an adult smoking rate that is nearly twice that of White state residents.

    One reason differences like this exist is that target marketing is an attempt to increase market share by targeting certain groups of people with advertisements, product promotions, and even sponsorships of community celebrations and events. Unfortunately, these attempts to "earn" group members' loyalty and either start them on tobacco products or increase their current level of use are frequently successful.

    Find out more about target marketing.