Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. In Wyoming alone, it claims approximately 800 lives each year and creates nearly $240 million in annual healthcare costs directly attributed to smoking and nearly $450 million in total productivity losses. Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined – and many more die from other tobacco-related causes such as fires caused by smoking and smokeless tobacco use. (WYSAC Tobacco Prevention and Control Evaluation, 2016)
Using a comprehensive, multi-strategy approach that incorporates prevention and education, the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) focuses activities on four priorities which include reducing youth initiation, reducing exposure to second hand smoke, promoting smoking cessation, and targeting disparate populations. The majority of activities directed towards the accomplishment of these goals are carried out by community-based prevention programs in all 23 Wyoming counties to include the Wind River Indian Reservation. Communities funded by the TPCP utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model.