Decrease Tobacco Use

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MaineHealth is expanding access to effective programs and therapies for helping tobacco users become tobacco-free, and partnering with community organizations to prevent youth from ever using tobacco.

Smoking rates in the U.S. and Maine have been steadily decreasing over the last 50 years, however, smoking is still the leading preventable cause of death.  

  • In 2014 smoking rate among Maine's adults (18%) was statistically lower than the 2011 and 2000 rates (23% and 24%, respectively)

  • The majority of Maine's adult smokers made a serious attempt to quit in the 12 months prior to being interviewed.

  • While Maine's youth smoking rate in 1997 (39%) was one of the highest rates in the nation, rates have been below the national youth rates since 2001.


Clinical Strategies

  • Implement tobacco prevention guidelines in healthcare facilities.
  • Build clinical IT systems to inform clinical practice and resource allocation.
  • Expand tobacco screening and treatment across all clinical and behavioral health settings based on guidelines.
  • Train clinical staff on identifying and eliminating health disparities.
  • Expand referrals to helpline and non-clinical providers.

Community Strategies

  • Implement evidence-based prevention programs and interventions.

Policy Strategies

  • Identify policy gaps and implement policy and environmental change.
  • Optimize tobacco prevention and control funding.
  • MaineHealth Health Index Report - 2013
  • MaineHealth Health Index Report - 2014
  • MaineHealth Health Index Report - 2015
  • MaineHealth Learning Resource Center

    The Learning Resource Center is a program of MaineHealth that helps patients, community members and health professionals find the health information and support they need to be true partners in care. Find reliable information through our website, online library and health classes, or contact one of our health educators for answers to your specific health questions.

  • Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey--See 2009-2015 Reports!

    The Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) is the result of collaboration Maine Center for Disease Control and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and the Maine Department of Education. Its purpose is to quantify the health of Kindergarten and Grade 3 students through parent interviews, and the health-related behaviors and attitudes of 5th through 12th graders by direct student survey.

  • Partnership for a Tobacco Free Maine
  • Partnership for a Tobacco Free Maine quit resources
    This link provides multiple resources from the Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Maine, Maine CDC, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, including: quit tips, Maine Tobacco Helpline information, smoke-less tobacco information, online support, creating a simple quit plan. These are great resources for patients to take with them or read while waiting in the exam room or lobby.

  • Substance Abuse Data - Statewide Epidemiology Outcomes Workgroup

    Maine SEOW Dashboard

    The SEOW Dashboard is a web-based interactive system that monitors trends on substance use, mental health, and gambling in Maine. It is our hope that the SEOW Dashboard will help communities build their capacity to address their needs and prevention priorities through data-driven decision-making and evaluation.

    SEOW has the following primary objectives:

    To identify substance abuse patterns or populations

    To establish substance abuse trends

    To detect emerging substances

    To provide information for policy development and program planning


  • Youth use of ENDS escalating over time



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