Tobacco Prevention & Education Program
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease, claiming the lives of 1,400 Hawaii adults each year. About 13% of adults and 10% of youth in our state currently smoke cigarettes, however these rates are much higher in some population groups. Native Hawaiians, LGBT individuals, and people with mental health or substance abuse issues have much higher rates. Annually, $526 million in healthcare costs are directly attributed to smoking in our state.
In addition to traditional tobacco use, electronic smoking devices (ESD)—or e-cigarettes—are growing in popularity, with about one-quarter of teens reporting current use. New, novel tobacco products continue to infiltrate the market, threatening the progress made in Hawaii tobacco prevention and control.
The Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) is the official State government program addressing tobacco control in Hawaii. To promote policy, systems, and environmental change, TPEP provides the infrastructure for the state’s strategic efforts, fostering collaboration among the state and local tobacco control community. It also supports developing community capacity to local coalitions, manages the Hawaii Tobacco QuitLine, and oversees underage tobacco sales enforcement.
TPEP’s work aligns with the four major goals set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Tobacco Control Program:
- Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke
- Promote quitting among adults and youth
- Prevent initiation among youth and young adults
- Identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities
Tobacco Prevention & Education Program – 1250 Punchbowl St. Rm 217- Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-4613 / Fax: (808) 586-8252