Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. In Hawaii alone, smoking claims 1,200 lives each year and creates $336 million in annual healthcare costs.
Since 2000, the Hawaii Community Foundation has administered the Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund under a contract with the Department of Health (DOH). Since its inception, the state has achieved significant declines in smoking rates for both adults and youth. Hawaii has the third lowest smoking rate in the nation, representing real lives saved as well as public health expenditures avoided.
In partnership with the DOH, HCF implements a statewide comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program consistent with the Center for Disease Control’s best practices. This includes state and community interventions (advocacy efforts and community prevention grant program), health communication interventions, cessation interventions (Hawaii Tobacco Quit Line and cessation community grant program), surveillance and evaluation, and administration and management.
HCF leads strategy and implementation of a community cessation and prevention grant program. HCF’s cessation grants program supports community-based cessation programs that assist adults in priority populations (persons with mental health and/or substance abuse challenges, LGBT communities, and low socio-economic status populations) to end tobacco use.
Lastly through HCF, Trust Fund resources are carefully invested and monitored to support tobacco control prevention and control programming into the future.
For more information on Hawaii’s tobacco prevention and control efforts, please visit the State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Education Program’s webpage at http://health.hawaii.gov/tobacco/.
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