The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has dubbed 2019 the “Year of Cessation” and will amplify resources and activities that support people to quit tobacco use. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States and calls for this focus. Millions of US adults smoke cigarettes. Thousands of young people under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette, daily. To read more about the prevalence and costs of tobacco use, click here.
The activities for the Year of Cessation have three overarching strategies guided by OSH:
1. To develop and share tailored and/or targeted cessation resources.
2. To increase the reach of cessation interventions and the use of cessation treatments among high-prevalence populations
3. To improve engagement with health systems in order to advance the integration of cessation-related clinical care.
The Year of Cessation provides resources for health systems, health care providers, state health departments, researchers, business leaders/employers, people who use tobacco products, and family and friends of people who use tobacco. The campaign and its resources are targeted for anyone interested in tobacco cessation, whether for themselves, loved ones, employees, or patients.
The Year of Cessation is a part of the OSH’s aims to develop, conduct, and support strategic efforts to protect the public’s health from the harmful effects of tobacco use. This mission builds into an overall vision that seeks a world free from tobacco-related death and disease.
Over the course of the year, the Year of Cessation will have four quarterly focus areas:
First Quarter (January – March)
Focus: People who smoke and quit attempts
Opportunity: New Year’s Resolutions
Resources are ready and available – click here to access!
Second Quarter (April – June)
Focus: Health conditions improved by quitting: Health systems
Opportunity: Launch of the 2019 Tips From Former Smokers Campaign
Third Quarter (July – September)
Focus: Quitlines; Cessation interventions; Linkage with broader tobacco control policies
Opportunity: National Conference on Tobacco or Health
Fourth Quarter (October – December)
Focus: Clinicians and real-world use of evidence-based cessation interventions
Opportunities: Great American Smokeout; Pharmacy Month; Health Literacy Month
Resources that target the focus of each quarter will be made available. See here for more information and updates.
Now is the time for action and where you come in! What are the opportunities for you to leverage the focus areas and resources for the Year of Cessation? There are many possibilities and resources are available to make it happen! Here are some ideas to get you started:
- You can help individuals who use tobacco by encouraging and helping them to strengthen their quit attempt.
- You can help providers to connect quitting tobacco use with the resulting benefits for specific health areas. Target an area, like cardiovascular health or respiratory wellness, and outline the health benefits available to those who quit using tobacco.
- You can share free and available evidenced-based cessation resources, like the Maryland Tobacco Quitline, as a way to link individuals who are thinking about quitting!
- Talk to your local tobacco coalition to see how you can leverage their support in moving these and many more efforts forward!