The Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program (TUPCP) is a program in the Bureau of Maternal, Child and Family Health at the Ohio Department of Health. The Program has three main goals:
- Prevent youth and young people from starting using tobacco and nicotine-containing products.
- Helping adults to stop using tobacco and nicotine products.
- Passing policies to limit the availability of tobacco products and limit secondhand smoke exposure.
The Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program is a state-administered program that receives funding from the CDC, state general revenue funds, and other grant funding sources.
The major components of the program website include:
Nicotine Recovery Unit (Cessation): This section focusses on helping those who are ready to quit tobacco by directing people to the Ohio Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT NOW, and the Quitline website. It also contains cessation fact sheets and education and marketing materials to encourage Ohioans to make their quit journey.
Prevention/Youth: This section contains several sub-categories of prevention activities including the following:
- E-cigarettes - Youth Vaping.
- Schools (K-12) tobacco-free policies.
- Colleges tobacco-free policies.
- Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing (SFMUH).
Tobacco 21: The Ohio Tobacco 21 law states it is illegal to give, sell, or otherwise distribute cigarettes, other tobacco products, or alternative nicotine products like e-cigarette/vaping products to any person under the age of 21. This section contains information about retailer training, signage, and other helpful Tobacco 21 related information and materials.
Ohio Smoke-Free Workplace Act: In November of 2006, Ohio voters approved the Ohio Smoke-Free Workplace Act, a smoking ban which prohibits smoking in public places and places of employment. This section provides information and links to the law, information on enforcing tobacco and smoke-free indoor air policies, and also information for the implementation of smoke and tobacco-free policies in local jurisdictions.
Health Equity/Behavioral Health: Health equity means that all people have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Understanding health disparities related to commercial tobacco and factors behind these disparities is important for achieving health equity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides more information on the health burdens, practices and conditions impacting several different population groups discussed in this section.
Tobacco-Free Ohio Alliance (TFOA): This section contains information about the Tobacco-Free Ohio Alliance (TFOA), its mission and members.
Data and Statistics: This area of the website focuses on Ohio specific tobacco and smoking-related data and statistics.
Resources: Tobacco Product Order Form