Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

Tobacco is Wisconsin’s leading cause of preventable death and costs the state more than $4.6 billion annually in health care and lost productivity expenses. The Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) is dedicated to reducing tobacco’s burden. Here you will find information on the TPCP’s comprehensive efforts as well as fact sheets and quitting resources for tobacco use.

Governor Tony Evers and the Departments of Health Services and Public Instruction team for letter to school districts promoting youth e-cigarette resources

Governor Tony Evers, Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm, and Department of Public Instruction Secretary Carolyn Stanford Taylor recently sent a joint letter on e-cigarettes to Wisconsin school district administrators. The letter detailed e-cigarettes' health harms for youth, outlined steps school districts can take to address the issue, and provided resources on instituting comprehensive tobacco-free school policies, integrating e-cigarettes into health curriculum, and connecting addicted youth with cessation resources.

 

Currently, not everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. In addition to tobacco industry targeting, obstacles like poverty and discrimination increase rates of retail tobacco use, leading to poor health outcomes for those with fewer resources and less power in society.

Free help  to quit tobacco is available. Call 1-800-QUIT NOW (784-8669) for free help, or if you’re enrolled in Medicaid, talk to your doctor about the free help provided through the Medicaid cessation benefit.

 

Request for Applications (RFA) Released for Community-Based Tobacco Prevention and Control Interventions

To address tobacco-related health disparities, the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP), part of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, released a Request for Applications (RFA) for community-based tobacco prevention and control interventions on Monday, December 30.

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New Federal Tobacco 21 Law

On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years.  It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21.  Please see the Federal Food and Drug Administration website regarding the change to this law.

Partial E-Cigarette Flavor Restriction

On January 2, the Federal Food and Drug Administration announced a new policy focused on some flavors in pod or cartridge-based e-cigarettes. The policy prohibits fruit, candy, and mint flavors in those e-cigarette products, but allows menthol and tobacco flavors to continue. The policy also exempts e-juice flavors for open systems like mod and tank-based e-cigarettes. Examples of the different types of e-cigarettes can be found on the CDC website. The policy takes effect 30 days from when it is published in the federal registrar.

Tobacco is Changing

It's hard for parents to keep track of all the kid-friendly flavors tobacco now comes in. That's why the Department of Health Services (DHS) created the new Tobacco is Changing campaign. On the Tobacco is Changing page, parents can learn about the different types of tobacco products temping their kids, as well as key tobacco issues like flavoring and packaging, and get tips for helping their kids stay tobacco-free. Learn more at tobaccoischanging.com.

E-Cigarettes: Unproven and Unregulated

Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) are oral devices that can be used to simulate smoking and that produce an aerosol of nicotine and/or other substances. Little is known about the safety or efficacy of e-cigarettes as they have not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and are not currently regulated. For proven tools to help you quit tobacco use, visit our Help to Quit page.

Secondhand Smoke: Still a Problem

Secondhand smoke remains a health concern for many. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that two in every five children (and seven out of 10 African-American children) are exposed to secondhand smoke, as well as more than one in three nonsmokers who live in rental housing. To learn more about smoke-free multi-unit housing efforts in Wisconsin, visit Clear Gains - Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Housing Initiative.

Other Tobacco Products: Attracting New Users

Tobacco also comes in other forms like chew, snus, cigars and cigarillos. Even though these products can cause serious health problems like heart disease and cancer, their cheaper price and candy and fruit flavors like cherry and grape make them increasingly appealing to youth.

Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule

A rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requiring all Public Housing Authorities to be smoke-free took effect on July 31, 2018. Learn more at HUD's website.

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Wisconsin Youth Tobacco Use

  • E-Cigarette Use
    • High School Current Use: 20.1%
    • High School Ever Use: 32.6%
    • Middle School Current Use: 4.1%
    • Middle School Ever Use: 11.0%
  • Conventional Cigarette Use
    • High School Current Smokers: 4.7%
    • High School Ever Smokers: 18.6%
    • Middle School Current Smokers: 1.4%
    • Middle School Ever Smokers: 6.1%
  • Smokeless Tobacco Use
    • High School Current Smokeless Users: 4.0%
    • High School Ever Smokeless Users: 8.4%
    • Middle School Current Smokeless Users: 1.1%
    • Middle School Ever Smokeless Users: 3.6%

Source: 2018 Youth Tobacco Survey - High School, P-01624;
Source: 2018 Youth Tobacco Survey - Middle School, P-01624A

Current Adult Tobacco Use

Facts about current tobacco users

Ever Adult Tobacco Use

Facts about those who have ever used tobacco

Source: 2018 Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, P-43073;
Source: 2019 Smoking During Pregnancy Fact Sheet, P-02394
2019 Wisconsin Tobacco Facts: Smoking During Pregnancy

Tobacco Costs in Wisconsin

  • Annual Lives Lost: 7,000
  • Annual Health Care Costs: $3 billion
  • Annual Lost Productivity Costs: $1.6 billion

Source: 2019 Wisconsin Tobacco Facts
Source: Tobacco Costs Wisconsin, P-02415

Last Revised: January 15, 2020