Tobacco Prevention

Preventing and reducing tobacco and nicotine use and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke through policy, public education, and cessation encouragement.

Program Overview

Tobacco prevention and control activities at Spokane Regional Health District are part of its Tobacco, Marijuana & Vaping Device Prevention program, where goals include to decrease tobacco use, Spokane's leading cause of preventable death and disease. The program aims to:

  • increase tobacco cessation
  • prevent youth initiation of tobacco and nicotine products
  • protect people from secondhand smoke exposure

The work of this program is important because despite tobacco use being at its lowest ever, each day more than 3,200 people under age 18 still smoke their first cigarette.

The changing landscape of tobacco products requires continued and strategic efforts to promote tobacco cessation and prevent youth from starting to use tobacco and nicotine products. Tobacco prevention activities at the health district utilize a policy, systems, and environmental approach in its efforts and works with many community partners to accomplish its work.

This program is funded by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington State Department of Health and local funds.

Tobacco Cessation

There are many ways to quit tobacco and a wide-range of resources to help. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), in combination with counseling support, are the best way to quit tobacco. Visit Done My Way for more information.

Laws & Policies

Local, state and federal laws pertaining to tobacco and vapor products are regulated by different agencies. Use these resources to learn more about how tobacco and vapor products are regulated.

Tobacco-Free Environments

From places of employment to college campuses, keeping the air free of secondhand smoke helps keep the community healthy.