The West Virginia Division of Tobacco Prevention (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 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
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.
RESOLVE TO BE SMOKE FREE IN 2023.
CDC has published a feature article encouraging people to "Be Smoke Free in 2023".
Youth Vaping is an epidemic in WestVirginia and across the US. Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are also known as “e-cigarettes,” “e-cigs,” “vapes,” or “vape pens.” They use a nicotine liquid, also called e-liquid or e-juice, or fluid-filled pods. Many are fruit or candy flavored. E-cigarettes were developed as a safer
alternative to combustible cigarettes, but they have quickly become an on-ramp for nicotine addiction for young people. The CDC has warned that e-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or non-smoking adults.
The American Lung Association in collaboration with the Division of Tobacco Prevention offers information on West Virginia’s Comprehensive Approach to
Ending the Youth Vaping Epidemic. To view please click here. September 2023 - The CDC has provided two informational resources for educators to speak to their students about the dangers of vaping. Visit the CDC website here. CDC resources including a vaping power point presentation and fact sheets can be accessed here.
Catch My Breath is a
peer-led teaching approach that empowers students with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions about e-cigarettes and resist social pressures to vape. Informed by tobacco prevention researchers and practitioners, years of real world implementation, and a youth advisory board, it is the only school-based vaping prevention program proven to reduce the likelihood of vaping among youth.
Great American Smokeout
Date: November 16, 2023
Location: Anywhere you are
The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for everyone to come together and support those who want to quit smoking (...or stop using any form of nicotine, including e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, pipe tobacco, hookah, heated tobacco products, or nicotine pouches).
Click here for more information.