Tobacco kills more Oklahomans than alcohol, auto accidents, suicides, murders and illegal drugs combined.1
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in Oklahoma. In response to this problem, the Oklahoma Tobacco Control Program at the Oklahoma State Department of Health with key partners aims to reduce the state smoking rate to the national average by 2022. When this goal is accomplished, there will be 150,000 fewer tobacco users in Oklahoma. To reach the goal, sustained and expanded efforts are needed in three key areas: prevention, protection and cessation. The Oklahoma State Plan for Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation is authorized by statute (63 OS §1-229.5) to be updated annually by the Advancement of Wellness Advisory Council.