Decrease Tobacco Use
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.
- 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.
- Implement evidence-based prevention programs and interventions.
- Identify policy gaps and implement policy and environmental change.
- Optimize tobacco prevention and control funding.