Tobacco Free Living
Louisiana and the Gulf South have some of the highest tobacco use prevalence in the US. Tobacco use is linked to multiple forms of cancer, including lung and oral cancer. The Tobacco Free Living program evaluates different ways to prevent first and second hand smoking in communities, and helps oversee their implementation. The program’s successes are enabled by leveraging community partners at the local, state, and national level through collaborations that focus on specific targeted goals which are a part of a larger programmatic structure. These partnerships have led to a dramatic decrease in exposure to secondhand smoke right here in Louisiana. Despite this progress, much work remains to be done to ensure that secondhand smoke deaths and health complications continue to fall in the state of Louisiana. Tobacco Free Living is committed to continuing this work to help all Louisianans live healthier lives, free from this health hazard that can contribute to a number of diseases, including cancer.