U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)
Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For three decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to: encourage collaborations across communities and sectors; empower individuals toward making informed health decisions; and measure the impact of prevention activities. Healthy People 2020 continues in this tradition with an ambitious, yet achievable, 10-year agenda to reduce illness, disability, and death related to tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.
This section provides a selection of resources from the NIH and is not intended to be a comprehensive list.
ClinicalTrials.gov is a web-based resource that provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies. Most of the records in ClinicalTrials.gov describe clinical trials, which are research studies in which human volunteers are assigned to interventions (for example, a medical product, behavior, or procedure) based on a protocol (or plan) and are then evaluated for effects on biomedical or health outcomes. This database can be used to find clinical trials studying tobacco-related issues such as lung cancer prevention, smoking, or tobacco abuse.
At the request of Congress, the NIH embarked on a process to provide better consistency and transparency in the reporting of its funded research. This process, implemented in 2008 through the Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization system, uses sophisticated text data mining (categorizing and clustering using words and multiword phrases) in conjunction with NIH-wide definitions used to match projects to categories. The RCDC website provides historical and estimated funding data for a variety of research topics including tobacco use. To search for funded projects, visit the NIH RePORTER website.
Toll-free phone lines and a website offering science-driven tools, information, and support have been effective in helping smokers quit. Many of the activities associated with the quitlines and the website are coordinated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A new effort to help teens quit smoking will use one of their most constant companions: the mobile phone. SmokefreeTXT is a free text message service from NIH that provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips for teens trying to quit smoking.
This fact sheet outlines current research efforts related to tobacco use around the world and provides examples of NIH's contribution to global tobacco control efforts.
This website includes information on how tobacco affects the brain, adverse effects of tobacco on health, effective treatments for tobacco addiction, and other topics related to tobacco use.
This report discusses the harmful effects of tobacco use, risks associated with pregnancy and adolescents, and best practices for the prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction.