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Indiana State Department of Health

Tobacco Prevention & Cessation > Mission, Vision, and 2015 Priority Areas Mission, Vision, and 2015 Priority Areas

Our Mission

The Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Commission exists to prevent and reduce the use of all tobacco products in Indiana and to protect citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke. The Commission will coordinate and allocate resources from the Commission to:

  • Change the cultural perception and social acceptability of tobacco use in Indiana
  • Prevent initiation of tobacco use by Indiana youth
  • Assist tobacco users in cessation
  • Assist in reduction and protection from secondhand smoke
  • Support the enforcement of tobacco laws concerning the sale of tobacco to youth and use of tobacco by youth
  • Eliminate minority health disparities related to tobacco use and emphasize prevention and reduction of tobacco use by minorities, pregnant women, children, youth and other at-risk populations.

The Commission will develop and maintain a process-based and outcomes-based evaluation of funded programs and will keep State government officials, policymakers, and the general public informed. The Commission will work with existing partnerships and may create new ones.

Vision

The Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Commission's vision is to significantly improve the health of Hoosiers and to reduce the disease and economic burden that tobacco use places on Hoosiers of all ages.

2015 Priority Areas

  1. Decrease Indiana youth smoking rates
  2. Increase proportion of Hoosiers not exposed to secondhand smoke
  3. Decrease Indiana adult smoking rates
  4. Maintain state and local infrastructure necessary to lower tobacco use rates and thus make Indiana competitive on economic fronts

2015 Tobacco Control Strategic Plan