Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance
Sustain Alaska's effort.
Objective: Support and maintain a comprehensive statewide tobacco control program.
Alaska’s sustained tobacco control programs have achieved a 21% reduction in adult tobacco use since 1996, translating into 7,800 fewer tobacco-related deaths and a $290 million savings in future health care costs. By 2009, only 16% of high school youth smoked, representing a decrease of more than 50% since 1995 (37%) – an achievement that translates into 1,944 fewer tobacco-related deaths and a savings of $34 million in future health care costs.Yet Alaska is still in the top 20% nationally for smoking prevalence and only roughly 50% of the population is protected from secondhand smoke.
Fundamental to the success of tobacco prevention and control activities in Alaska is a well-funded, well-operated, statewide comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that state tobacco-control programs be comprehensive, sustainable, and accountable. In 2007, the CDC issued a revised Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs, which drew upon evidence from analyses of the past decade’s comprehensive state tobacco-control programs to support five specific components of a comprehensive program. CDC recommends that states establish tobacco control programs that contain the following elements:
- State and Community Interventions
- Health Communication Interventions
- Cessation Interventions
- Surveillance and Evaluation
- Administration and Management
This plan goes far to work toward the CDC Best Practices example. However, without funding and support for tobacco control efforts, the plan will be challenging to realize.
- Maintain current and pursue optimum CDC recommended funding levels and collaboration on seeking outside funding opportunities.
- Ensure comprehensive data collection.