The mission of the Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control (DTPC) is to reduce the burden of commercial tobacco use in South Carolina through policy change and program development**.
This mission is accomplished by coordinating resources, implementing programmatic efforts, and establishing collaborations that:
- Prevent initiation and reduce commercial tobacco use among young people in South Carolina
- Educate and provide access to tobacco cessation resources to help people quit
- Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke and vaping aerosol
- Change the social norms and attitudes surrounding commercial tobacco use in South Carolina
- Eliminate commercial tobacco-related health disparities
**All references to tobacco prevention and control are about the use of commercial tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, smokeless products) - not the use of traditional tobacco for spiritual or medicinal purposes.
The Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control develops and implements structured program evaluations and conducts tobacco-specific statewide surveillance in accordance with the CDC Office on Smoking and Health Best Practices for Tobacco Prevention and Control guidance.
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