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Tobacco Reduction: Prevention Programs


  • Tobacco reduction,
  • Social environment,
  • Community,
  • Facilities & organizations,
  • Healthcare facilities,
  • Schools,
  • Workplace,

Provide community-based tobacco prevention programs

How to implement

  • Plan and develop community initiatives and programs to:
    • Educate young people, the general public, decision-makers and other stakeholders on the burden and health effects of tobacco use and the importance of prevention and cessation.1
    • Mobilize and build the capacity of young people and other key stakeholders to create smoke-free communities.1, 2

Tip: Plan community workshops and education sessions to facilitate public discussion on tobacco-related health issues.1

Through AlbertaQuits, Alberta Health Services has developed a number of Learning Materials and Videos to support tobacco prevention and reduction, such as a series of learning videos featuring anti-tobacco advocate Barb Tarbox.

  • Incorporate youth-targeted tobacco education in school curricula in tandem with public programming.3, 4
    • Consider offering in-class or informal interventions that are led by trained peer leaders.4
    • Provide school teachers with the training and resources necessary to provide tobacco education to students.4

Developed by AlbertaQuits, the Academy for Tobacco Prevention is a school-based resource for Grade 4, 5 and 6 classrooms in Alberta. This resource was designed to educate and engage students on the harms of tobacco use and the importance of never using tobacco products.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Best practices for comprehensive tobacco control programs. Washington (DC): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2014. Available from:
  2. Community Preventive Services Task Force. Reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure: worksite-based incentives and competitions when implemented alone. CDC community guide. Washington (DC): CDC; 2014. Available from:
  3. Harvey J, Chadi N. Preventing smoking in children and adolescents: recommendations for practice and policy. J Paediatr Child Health. 2016;21(4):209. Available from:
  4. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Smoking prevention in schools. NICE guideline. London: NICE; 2010. Available from:
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