The Alliance of Boulder County
on Tobacco and Health

New Guidelines Released for Local Tobacco Prevention and Control Programs

Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 27, 2001
For more information, contact:
NACCHO, Phillip Bouton
(202) 783-5550, Ext. 213

WASHINGTON - The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) released today the second edition of the Program and Funding Guidelines for Comprehensive Local Tobacco Prevention and Control Programs (Guidelines) at NACCHO's Annual Conference in Raleigh, N.C. The Guidelines refine the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs from a state level to community approach, thereby better addressing the specific needs and realities of tobacco control at the local level.

The Guidelines will assist local public health officials and their community partners in structuring tobacco control efforts around the seven components of a local, comprehensive tobacco control program recommended by NACCHO and CDC. The Guidelines can be used to:

 We hope that the Guidelines will encourage many to seize this tremendous opportunity and advocate for local resources to reduce the burden of tobacco on our hometowns and all across America,  said Michael C. Caldwell, MD, MPH, commissioner of the Dutchess County Department of Health in New York and NACCHO Board member.

Tobacco-related illness remains the single most preventable cause of death in America today. Tobacco is also attributed to one out of six deaths, or 430,000 lives, and costs the U.S. between $50-$73 million annually. Evidence from successful tobacco control programs in California, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Florida indicate that the most successful approaches to reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke include a comprehensive, community-based program. Local governments have the statutory authority to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure as a dominant threat to the health of their communities-especially among vulnerable populations.

Copies of the Guidelines are available at no cost to tobacco prevention and control advocates through NACCHO. For more information, please visit -

NACCHO is the national organization representing local public health agencies (including city, county, metro, district, and tribal agencies). NACCHO works to support efforts, which protect and improve the health of all people and all communities by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems.

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