The Alabama State Plan for Tobacco Prevention and Control is the result of the efforts of the Alabama Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Task Force. The task force is composed of agents of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and its national, state, and local partners (see Appendix 2). Representatives of task force partner organizations met in March of 2015 to review the state’s progress regarding tobacco prevention and control and update the previous plan drafted in 2010.
While progress was noted in some areas, improvements fell short of targets. Funding for tobacco prevention and control programs continues to prove inadequate to support a comprehensive program as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a result, while 132 cities have instituted policies prohibiting SHS exposure in public places and work sites, smoking prevalence among Alabama adults remains virtually unchanged over the past 5 years.