Advancing evidence-informed policies to reduce tobacco use is one of the most powerful things public and private leaders can do to improve health across Ohio communities. If proven tobacco prevention strategies are bolstered, Ohioans can live longer and healthier lives. This brief explains:
- How tobacco and nicotine affect health and healthcare spending
- Recent trends in tobacco use in Ohio
- Trends and disparities in tobacco use
- What works to reduce tobacco-related harms
3 Key findings for policymakers
- Reducing tobacco use and nicotine dependence is a powerful way to improve health, advance health equity and reduce healthcare spending.
- Systemic barriers to health, including poverty, discrimination and targeted marketing of tobacco products, drive trends and disparities in tobacco use.
- Public and private partners can implement proven strategies to protect communities from the harms of tobacco use and keep young people from becoming addicted to nicotine.
Other material from the Tobacco, Alcohol and Health series:
- Implications for Future Cannabis Policy
- Health Impacts of Excessive Alcohol Use in Ohio
- Sector Roles to Reduce the Harms of Tobacco, Alcohol and Cannabis Use
- What Works to Reduce Tobacco and Excessive Alcohol Use