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HHS launches website with resources to prevent tobacco use

November 16, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday launched BeTobaccoFree.gov, a website providing one-stop access to the latest tobacco-related information. The website includes federal and state laws and policies, health statistics and evidenced-based methods on how to quit. In related news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday reported that 30 of America's 50 largest cities now have laws prohibiting smoking in all indoor areas of private workplaces, restaurants and bars. Only one city had this type of law in 2000. In addition, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration yesterday released a report that showed cigarette smoking rates among youths aged 12-17 fell significantly from 2002-2010 in 41 states.