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Tobacco use is the single most important risk factor for lung cancer and the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in Utah and the U.S. Utah adult and youth tobacco use rates remain the lowest in the nation. The prevalence of tobacco use varies significantly among different population groups and socio-demographic characteristics such as race, ethnicity, geographic location, income and education level, gender, and sexual orientation, many of which correlate with other health disparities. UCAN supports partners who work to reduce tobacco use and tobacco-related disease in Utah though education, policy changes, and cessation and control programs.



Who is addressing this strategy and how is UCAN partnering?
-Utah Tobacco Free Alliance (UTFA): The statewide coalition includes members from a variety of organizations including citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, state and local agencies, and healthcare professionals. The coalition advocates and advance tobacco prevention, cessation, and control. UCAN supports the coalition efforts and the implementation of the Policy Agenda for Tobacco Prevention and Control in Utah.

  • Work with partners to educate policy makers and local leaders about the effectiveness of reducing smoking rates by increasing taxes on tobacco products.
  • Provide training and materials to partners who wish to educate local leaders.
  • Educate policy makers about the benefits of a federal tax increase in reducing the consumption of tobacco products.


Who is addressing this strategy and how is UCAN partnering?
-Utah Tobacco Free Alliance (UTFA): The statewide coalition includes members from a variety of organizations including citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, state and local agencies, and healthcare professionals. The coalition advocates and advance tobacco prevention, cessation, and control. UCAN supports the coalition efforts and the implementation of the Policy Agenda for Tobacco Prevention and Control in Utah.

  • Work with a media vendor to increase public awareness of the Utah Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and promote program successes.
  • Work with local partners to showcase successes.
  • Create an annual report to detail program efforts and share information with legislators.
  • Ensure that when legislation that could generate revenue is available, a portion is allocated to tobacco prevention and control.


Who is addressing this strategy and how is UCAN partnering?
-Utah Tobacco Free Alliance (UTFA): The statewide coalition includes members from a variety of organizations including citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, state and local agencies, and healthcare professionals. The coalition advocates and advance tobacco prevention, cessation, and control. UCAN supports the coalition efforts and the implementation of the Policy Agenda for Tobacco Prevention and Control in Utah.

  • Increase the number of government-owned and private worksites with comprehensive tobacco-free policies.
  • Increase the number of colleges, universities, and technical/trade schools with comprehensive tobacco-free policies.
  • Increase the percentage of Utahns who do not allow smoking inside their home.


Who is addressing this strategy and how is UCAN partnering?
-Utah Tobacco Free Alliance (UTFA): The statewide coalition includes members from a variety of organizations including citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, state and local agencies, and healthcare professionals. The coalition advocates and advance tobacco prevention, cessation, and control. UCAN supports the coalition efforts and the implementation of the Policy Agenda for Tobacco Prevention and Control in Utah.

  • Increase the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 19 to 21.
  • Increase the number of jurisdictions with policies that regulate retail advertising, tobacco discounts, and/or density of retail outlets.
  • Increase the number of jurisdictions with policies that regulate the retail licensing for the sale of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
  • Decrease youth exposure to tobacco marketing by restricting promotion at the point-of-sale via policy initiatives adopted by Outrage, a statewide, youth-led anti-tobacco coalition.


Who is addressing this strategy and how is UCAN partnering?
-Utah Tobacco Free Alliance (UTFA): The statewide coalition includes members from a variety of organizations including citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, state and local agencies, and healthcare professionals. The coalition advocates and advance tobacco prevention, cessation, and control. UCAN supports the coalition efforts and the implementation of the Policy Agenda for Tobacco Prevention and Control in Utah.

  • Promote tobacco cessation counseling and increase the number of self-referrals to the Utah Tobacco Quit Line.
  • Improve Utah Tobacco Quit Line referral interventions for health care systems and providers.