Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. In Mississippi, 4,700 adults die each year from smoking, and 192,000 children are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is working to address the impact of tobacco use through the programs of the Office of Tobacco Control. Established by section 41-113-3 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, the MSDH Office of Tobacco Control is charged with developing and implementing a statewide and comprehensive tobacco education, prevention and cessation program.
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The mission of the Office of Tobacco Control is to promote and protect the health of all Mississippians by reducing tobacco-related disease and death. The office accomplishes this mission by utilizing a systemic approach to tobacco prevention and control. Program components include:
Each program component is developed and implemented based on evidence-based strategies and the recommendations outlined in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs.
State and Community Interventions
The Office of Tobacco Control implements a range of integrated programmatic activities to encourage and support tobacco-free lifestyles
Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalitions
Community-based coalitions that work to prevent the initiation of tobacco use among youth, reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, promote tobacco cessation services, and eliminate tobacco-related disparities.
The Mississippi Tobacco Quitline
The Mississippi Tobacco Quitline provides telephone-based treatment to Mississippi residents interested in quitting. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), combined with counseling, is available to eligible participants, at no cost.
The ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education, and Research
The ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research provides intensive, group counseling sessions to Mississippi residents interested in quitting. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and medications are available, at no cost, to eligible participants. The main ACT Center site is located in Jackson, Mississippi, and there are satellite treatment clinics throughout the state. For more information, please call 601-815-1180 or visit www.act2quit.com.
Youth tobacco prevention programs are implemented statewide to deter the initiation of tobacco use among school-age youth. The Office of Tobacco Control incorporates youth programs into community-based coalitions and organizations throughout the state, and provides youth advocacy and empowerment opportunities for junior high and high school students.
Tobacco Cessation Interventions
Through the Tobacco-Free Mississippi initiative, the MSDH Office of Tobacco Control works with physicians and health associations to incorporate the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations for treating tobacco use into their clinical practices. The initiative's statewide programs include:
- Tobacco-Free Mississippi: Engaging Mississippi's Federally Qualified Health Centers
In collaboration with the Mississippi Primary Health Care Association, the Office of Tobacco Control is working to incorporate evidence-based best practices for treating tobacco use and dependence in Community Health Center settings.
- Tobacco-Free Mississippi: Engaging Mississippi's Family Physicians
The Office of Tobacco Control has formed a partnership with the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians Foundation to train staff at Family Physician clinics to "Ask, Advise and Refer" tobacco users to appropriate treatment.
More information can be found at: Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians
- Tobacco-Free Mississippi: Engaging Mississippi's Pediatricians
This project is a joint effort between the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Office of Tobacco Control to educate pediatricians on their role in protecting pediatric patients from exposure to secondhand smoke.
More information can be found at: American Academy of Pediatrics
- Tobacco-Free Mississippi: Engaging Mississippi's Rural Health Clinics
In collaboration with the Mississippi Rural Health Association, the Office of Tobacco Control is working to incorporate evidence-based best practices for treating tobacco use and dependence in Rural Health Clinics around the state.
More information can be found at: Mississippi Rural Health Association
- Tobacco-Free Mississippi: Engaging Mississippi's Nurses
The Office of Tobacco Control has partnered with the Mississippi Nurses Foundation to equip nursing students and veteran nurses with training and resources to promote tobacco prevention and cessation within the nursing profession and among their patients.
More information can be found at: Mississippi Nurses Foundation
- Tobacco Control Strategies for Mississippians with Disabilities
The Office of Tobacco Control has partnered with The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies to develop and implement a tobacco control program to reduce initiation of tobacco use, promote cessation, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, and eliminate tobacco-related disparities among Mississippians with disabilities.
More information can be found at: University of Southern Mississippi
Engaging Mississippi's Physicians
Tobacco-Free Mississippi participants have also received assistance to implement policy and systems changes such as:
- A tobacco-free campus policy
- Provider training on the treatment of tobacco use and dependence
- A patient referral system to the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline and ACT Centers
MSDH assisted the following statewide partners and clinics in implementing the Tobacco-Free Mississippi Project in FY 2012.
- Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians Foundation: Family First Healthcare (Raymond, MS), Grace and Mercy Family Medical Clinic ( Jackson, MS), Louisville Medical Associates (Louisville, MS), MEA Medical Clinic-Spillway (Brandon, MS), North MS Medical Center-Maben Clinic (Maben, MS), Richard C. Randolph, MD, PA Clinic (Brandon, MS), Riser Medical Associates (Picayune, MS), Robert F. Cooper III, MD Clinic, (Oxford, MS), The Family Wellness Clinic (Summit, MS) and Wells Medical Clinic (Bruce, MS).
- Mississippi Primary Health Care Association: G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center (Canton, MS), Central Mississippi Health Services ( Jackson, MS), Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center (Fayette, MS), Coastal Family Health Center (Biloxi, MS), Delta Health Center (Mound Bayou, MS), Greater Meridian Health Clinic (Meridian, MS) and Northeast Mississippi Health Care (Byhalia, MS).
- Mississippi Rural Health Association: Lower Crossing Medical Clinic (Sherman, MS), Doctor’s Clinic (Richton, MS), Perry County Hospital (Richton, MS), Family Care Medical Clinic (Tupelo, MS), Shannon Family Medical Clinic (Shannon, MS), Region III Primary Care (Tupelo, MS), Gamble Brothers Archer Clinic (Greenville, MS), Delta Regional Health Clinic (Greenville, MS), Woman's Health Clinic of Grenada (Grenada, MS), Family Clinic of New Albany (New Albany, MS), Acute Care + Family Clinic of Mooreville, (Mooreville MS) and Acute Care + Family Clinic of Pontotoc (Pontotoc, MS).
Tobacco-Free Mississippi also has provided statistical data on the prevalence of tobacco use among the patients served by these clinics.
Surveillance and Evaluation
The Office of Tobacco Control implements a surveillance and evaluation system to monitor and provide short-term, intermediate and long-term intervention outcomes to influence program and policy direction, ensure accountability and demonstrate effectiveness. The Office of Tobacco Control utilizes the knowledge and skills of public health experts and academic researchers to ensure advanced surveillance and evaluation practices are employed. State-specific tobacco control surveillance and evaluation data can be accessed at www.MSTobaccoData.org.
Administration and Management
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs:
Recommended activities undertaken by the Office of Tobacco Control in this area include:
- Engaging in strategic planning to guide program efforts and resources to accomplish their goals
- Recruiting and developing qualified and diverse technical, program, and administrative staff
- Awarding and monitoring program contracts and grants, coordinating implementation across program areas, and assessing grantee program performance
- Developing and maintaining a real-time fiscal management system that tracks allocations and expenditure of funds
- Increasing capacity at the local level by providing ongoing training and technical assistance
- Creating an effective communication system internally, across chronic disease programs, and with local coalitions and partners
- Educating the public and decision makers on the health effects of tobacco and evidence-based effective program and policy interventions
Tobacco Control Resources
Fact Sheets & Brochures
Smoke-Free Policies and Initiatives
MSDH Office of Tobacco Control
805 South Wheatley Blvd., Suite 400
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Office: 601-991-6050 Toll-free: 1-866-724-6115