ADHS Provides Education to Arizona Youth About the Dangers of E-Cigarettes

By | March 6th, 2019|Prevention|

While we’ve made significant strides in reducing cigarette smoking among youth in Arizona, the use of electronic nicotine products, also called e-cigarettes or vape, are on the rise. According to a recent Vital Signs published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in four high school students and one in 14 middle school [...]

Statewide Tobacco Inspections Continue to Improve

By | August 30th, 2017|Prevention|

Since 2002, ADHS has contracted with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to conduct routine inspections of tobacco retailers to ensure that retailers are complying with the state prohibition on selling tobacco products to minors.  Studies have shown that effective youth tobacco enforcement programs reduce the prevalence of youth smoking.  Arizona has a dedicated team of [...]

Arizona Smoke-Free Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

By | May 1st, 2017|Preparedness|

Do you remember walking into your favorite restaurant and being asked, “smoking or non-smoking?” Just a decade ago you could still hear that familiar phrase as smoking in a restaurant or bar was legal. Those smoking sections did little to protect non-smokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Voters passed the Smoke-Free Arizona Act in [...]

Arizona Youth Coalitions Receive National Awards

By | February 27th, 2017|Prevention|

In preparation for National Kick Butts Day on March 15—a national day when youth speak up and take action against tobacco use—the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids offers mini grants to support groups across the U.S. that demonstrate creativity, youth leadership, and careful planning to reach the media and public. This year we're excited to announce [...]

New Surgeon General’s Report Highlights Need to Protects Youth from E-Cigarettes

By | December 12th, 2016|Prevention|

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy published a report last week on the emerging public health threat related to the e-cigarette/vape use among youth. While this report is the 33rd Surgeon General's report in 53 years to address the impact of tobacco on health, it's important to note that it is the first to focus on e-cigarettes. [...]

Arizona Success in Protecting People from Secondhand Smoke is a Model for the Nation

By | December 8th, 2016|Prevention|

The successful smoke-free programs we have been working on in Arizona for people living in multi-unit housing have been expanded nationwide. Over the last several years, three Arizona organizations, the Arizona Smoke-Free Living Coalition, American Lung Association in Arizona, and the Arizona Multihousing Association, under the leadership of our Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease, [...]

New Campaign Teaches Arizona Youth about the Dangers of E-cigarettes

By | October 25th, 2016|Prevention|

This week we launched a new public awareness campaign called “Vape is a Lie” teaches youth about the dangers of nicotine and e-cigarettes. Vape is a Lie features a series of three public service announcements and a website,, where Arizona youth can learn more about the dangerous chemicals often found in e-cigarettes, commonly [...]

Dramatic Reductions in Illegal Sales of Tobacco to Minors

By | August 10th, 2016|Prevention|

Public health efforts continue to move the needle on reducing smoking rates among youth. And that’s important since 90 percent of adult tobacco users report using tobacco in their teen years. Tobacco use among Arizona youth is at an all-time low of 10 percent , which is a decrease of over 40 percent in the [...]

Reducing Tobacco Use in Arizona: Keeping Our Foot On the Gas

By | June 9th, 2016|General, Prevention|

Arizona has been among the nation’s leaders in helping its residents quit using tobacco, and even better, never start using tobacco. Thanks to our dedicated staff in the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease and countless partners in communities throughout Arizona, I’m pleased to report that our commitment to success has only intensified. In the past two [...]

Arizona Sees Big Drop in Youth Tobacco Use

By | January 20th, 2016|Prevention|

The Arizona Youth Risk Behavior Survey has some good news for the tobacco prevalence rate among high school aged youth. According to the new data, we saw a drop of almost 30 percent between 2013 and 2015. The percentage of youth using tobacco in our state dropped from 14.1 percent in 2013 to 10.1 percent [...]