Tobacco Control & Prevention

S.W.A.T. (Students Working Against Tobacco) is a nationally recognized, independent state-to-state program whose goal is to educate and empower students against the targeting of youth by tobacco companies. Selected students from four area high schools are recruited by school sponsors and chosen to serve as peer tobacco educators to younger students in grades four through eight. 

Among area high schools in the program are Alma Bryant, Mary G. Montgomery, Murphy and Vigor. Harold Jones oversees the program through the Mobile County Health Department’s Community Prevention Programs. For more information, contact Jones at 251-544-2064 or at hjones@mchd.org.

 

The Alabama Tobacco Quitline is a free service for all Alabamians who want to quit tobacco. If you, or a friend or family member are ready to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, the Quitline is here to help. Since April 2005, thousands of Alabamians have called the Quitline to help themselves or family members learn how to be tobacco free. Information and counseling sessions are confidential. All you need is a phone. We know quitting isn't easy -- that's why we are here to help. Eligible callers can receive a free, four-week supply of the nicotine patch to assist in their attempt to quit.

Tobacco Use in Alabama

  • High school students who smoke: 26.8% (69,700).
  • Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco: 20.2% (females use much lower).
  • Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year: 12,400.
  • Kids exposed to secondhand smoke at home: 289,000.
  • Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year: 14 million.
  • Adults in Alabama who smoke: 23.3% (811,900)

Deaths in Alabama From Smoking

  • Adults who die each year from their own smoking: 7,400.
  • Kids now under 18 and alive in Alabama who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking: 174,000.
  • Adult nonsmokers who die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke: 440 to 1,240

Smoking-Caused Monetary Costs in Alabama

  • Annual health care costs in Alabama directly caused by smoking: $1.49 billion.
  • Portion of above covered by the state Medicaid program: $238 million.
  • Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures: $549 per household.
  • Smoking-caused productivity losses in Alabama: $2.05 billion

Tobacco Industry Influence in Alabama

  • Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide: $13.4 billion.
  • Estimated portion spent for Alabama marketing each year: $265 million
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