WV Division of Tobacco Prevention
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WV Division of Tobacco Prevention

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​​​​​​​​​​​The West Virginia Division of Tobacco (WVDTP) is the lead state agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention, cessation, and control. The WVDTP saves lives and money by preventing and reducing tobacco use in West Virginia - the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States.


The Division of Tobacco Prevention (DTP) works with local coalitions, community agencies, and state and national partners to implement and evaluate effective tobacco prevention and cessation activities that strive to:

  • eliminate secondhand tobacco smoke
  • promote quitting among adults and youth,
  • prevent youth tobacco use initiation, including vaping and other electronic delivery devices
  • identify and eliminate disparities among populations.

Did You Know?

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Based on 2019 data, about 34 million US adults smoke cigarettes. Every day, about 1,600 young people under age 18 years smoke their first cigarette, and 235 begin smoking cigarettes daily. Over 16 million people live with at least one disease caused by smoking, and 58 million nonsmoking Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke.

For more informaton please see a CDC factsheet on Extinguishing the Tobacco Epidemic in West Virginia


West Virginia (WV) continually ranks among the top three states in the US, (WV, Kentucky, Louisiana) with the highest tobacco use prevalence rate. According to the 2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), smoking prevalence in WV was 25.2 percent, which is a lot higher than the national prevalence of 14.0 percent. According to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 14.4 percent of WV’s youth are current smokers. This figure is higher than the national average of 6.0 percent.

The WV Division of Tobacco Prevention has compiled a comprehensive five year strategic plan addressing tobacco prevention and cessation in West Virginia.  To view this report click here:  WV Tobacco Use Reduction Plan.pdf

Funding Opportunity from The Truth Initiative:  

​​Truth Initiative will provide grants and technical assistance for minority-serving institutions and community colleges to support the adoption and implement​ation of a 100% tobacco/vape-free college-wide policy by December, 2023. Colleges that were early adopters of 100% smoke or tobacco-free policies may also apply to include e-cigarettes.

Activities must engage and mobilize the student population and create support among faculty, staff, and administration.  For more information click here:​Truth Initiative Funding Opportunity

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The American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November (November 18), challenging smokers to give up cigarettes for 24 hours. If you or a loved one smokes cigarettes, consider joining the movement, and take the first step toward quitting cigarettes forever!
11/18/2021 12:00 AM11/18/2021 11:00 PMNationwideClick here for additional information on the Great American Smokeouthttps://nationaltoday.com/great-american-smokeout/
 
  
Raze's Youth Summit is coming to you virtually! From October 28-November 19, you will have the opportunity to participate in our Youth Summit. Talk to your Advisor about signing up today!
10/28/2021 9:00 AM11/19/2021 12:00 AMVirtual
 
  
The new WV African American Tobacco Prevention Network presents a Conference featuring Brenda Bell Caffee - Not in Mama's Kitchen; LaTanisha Wright - former employee of Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company (RJR); and Phillip Gardiner - African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council



Participants may attend in person or by Zoom
10/21/2021 9:00 AM10/21/2021 3:00 PMTamarack CenterBeckley, WVDr. Donald Reeddonald@mcdowellcoa.orgRegistration Linkhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WVAATPNWVAATPN Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/WVAATPN/
 
  
Created by the Legislature as House Bill 4494, the Task force consists of community leaders, higher education leaders, and  non profit entities appointed by the Governor.  Please contact James Kerrigan, Director,  WV Division of Tobacco Prevention for more information.
10/19/2021 8:30 AM10/19/2021 10:00 AMVirtualJames Kerrigan, Director WV DTPjames.f.kerrigan@wv.gov
OCT
19
WV Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Task Force Meeting
Created by the Legislature as House Bill 4494, the...read more

OCT
21
WV African American Tobacco Prevention Network Training
The new WV African American Tobacco Prevention Net...read more

OCT
28
Raze Virtual Youth Summit
Raze's Youth Summit is coming to you virtually! Fr...read more

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WV Tobacco Quitline

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WV Tobacco Quitline is a free or low cost process for tobacco users who want to stop. Participants have four calls with a coach to assist the quitting process, and unlimited reactive coaching calls. Participants also receive an eight-week supply of nicotine patches, lozenges, or gum...click here to read more

 

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350 Capitol Street
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Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-356-4218
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