Office of Disease Prevention logo

header image for toabacco use


Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Each year, approximately 443,000 Americans die from tobacco-related illnesses. For every person who dies from tobacco use, 20 more people suffer with at least 1 serious tobacco-related illness. In addition, tobacco use costs the U.S. $193 billion annually in direct medical expenses and lost productivity. [Cited from Healthy People 2020]

The NIH awards grants to support a variety of research projects related to tobacco use prevention, including projects in regulatory science, cancer prevention, and behavioral studies. This Research Highlight on tobacco use provides a sampling of funded research activities across the NIH, examples of recent scientific advances, and a selection of resources from both NIH and federal partners.