Ending tobacco use is about changing habits one person at a time. And, yet, change takes more than individual successes. It takes the resources and resolve of an entire state.
That’s why the Arkansas Department of Health launched its award-winning Stamp Out Smoking campaign in 2002, as part of its Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. SOS is Arkansas’s own media and public education campaign dedicated to wiping out tobacco use among Arkansans of every age, ethnicity and socioeconomic group.
We do that by taking the message to the streets: a mix of paid advertising, public relations efforts and grassroots outreach that informs Arkansans, grade school to adulthood, about the dangers of tobacco use and gives them the resources they need to quit. Because each person who quits – and each one who never starts – brings us closer to making our state a healthier, cleaner, more productive place to live.
Know More about TPCP
More than 4,900 Arkansans die from tobacco-related illnesses each year. The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program is the Arkansas Department of Health’s program dedicated to reducing illness and death statewide by:
- Preventing the start of tobacco use among youth and young adults
- Promoting quitting among adults and youth
- Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke
- Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups