Tobacco Control Program
Our Mission: To enhance the well-being of Connecticut's residents by promoting tobacco-free lifestyles and by educating communities about the economic and health costs and consequences of tobacco use.
Our program coordinates and assists state and local efforts to prevent people from starting to use tobacco, to help current tobacco users quit, and to reduce nonsmokers' exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoke and aerosol. The single most important thing you can do for your health is to be tobacco-free.
Tobacco Statistics & Reports – Read tobacco statistics, reports, and fact sheets in Connecticut.
Now is a great time to quit
Beginning February 1st 2023, our CT Quitline is offering 8-weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) until supplies last.
- Call the CT Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or www.CommitToQuitCT.comfor more information on free, available resources for CT residents.
For teens and young adults, text DITCHVAPE to 88709.
For the hearing impaired, call 1-877-777-6534.
For Spanish speakers, call 1-855-DEJELO-YA.
Tobacco use cessation counseling and Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved NRT medications can double the chances of quitting smoking successfully.
If you used to smoke, do not start again!
If you've never smoked – do not start!
In person programs are available: Local Community Cessation Directory
The Become an EX online program is also available to help you re-learn life without cigarettes or vapes.
More information is available at smokefree.gov.
Did You Know?
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.
Electronic Delivery Systems (ENDS) come in many forms, and vaping is the most common form of tobacco used by CT youth and young adults.
There are more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. Hundreds of these chemicals are toxic and about 70 are known to cause cancer in humans and animals, and at least 250 in secondhand smoke have been shown to damage health. Carcinogens have also been found in secondhand aerosol produced by vaping.
Heart disease is the # 1 cause of death in the United States and in Connecticut, and smoking is the #1 cause of heart disease.
Updated smoke and vape-free air provisions took effect on October 1st 2021. Expansions to the Clean Indoor Air Act for smoking and vaping are summarized here.
Vaping was labeled an "epidemic" in 2018, and e-cigarette use in teens and young adults continues to increase.
Food and Drug Administration Authority (FDA) over Tobacco Products
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) grants the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products. They oversee the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of these products to protect public health and to reduce their use by children and adolescents. The Center for Tobacco Products at FDA was created to oversee and enforce the Tobacco Control Act. The rule contains provisions designed to limit youth access to tobacco products, as well as restrictions on marketing to curb the appeal of these products to youth.
Effective September 9, 2020, premarket review applications were due to FDA for review on many products including ENDS, certain cigars, and hookah products. FDA has a one-year period for review of these applications; the first denial of 54,000 flavored products was issued on August 26, 2021. The current status of their applications reviews is available online.
Visit the FDA website to learn more about the FDA regulations regarding tobacco products.
- Tobacco Industry Marketing
- Tobacco and Pregnancy
- Tobacco Times Newsletter
- Types of Tobacco Products
- What You Can Do to Make a Difference
- Upcoming Trainings
- Fact Sheet: Nicotine
- Fact Sheet: Flavors
- Fact Sheet: Safe Disposal of Vaporizer Products
- Fact Sheet: Menthol Flavored Tobacco Products
- Fact Sheet: Smokefree/Vapefree Air
- Fact Sheet: Secondhand Smoke and Aerosol
- Fact Sheet: Smokeless Tobacco Fact
- Smoke Free Housing Resources
- Multi-Unit Housing Smokefree Policies
- Condo Smokefree Policies
- HUD Final Ruling on Smoke Free Policies in Public Housing
- Smoke Free College Campuses
- Smoke Free Club - Sample Policy
- Smoke Free Club - Sample Survey
- Sample Smoke & Vape Free Signage
- DPH Lending Library material order catalog
- Surgeon General's Report- The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, Executive Summary
For more information, please call or email the Tobacco Control Program:
Phone: (860) 509-8251
Last updated March 21, 2023
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