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    Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch
    DSHS Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    1100 West 49th Street, Mail Code 1965
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7111
    Fax: (512) 776-7555


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Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

Vaping Epidemic

Severe Lung Illness in
People Who Vape

Visit the EVALI webpage for information on the dangers of vaping.

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the U.S. It is a major risk factor for multiple cancers, heart disease and strokes, lung disease, and diabetes. Tobacco use kills more than 1,300 people a day in the U.S. Each year, tobacco claims more lives than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined.

The DSHS Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch (TPCB) aims to reduce the toll of tobacco on the health, safety, and well-being of Texans. Our goals are: 

  • To keep young Texans from ever starting tobacco use.
  • Supporting enforcement of tobacco laws.
  • Helping more Texans to quit smoking and stay smoke-free.
  • Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Reducing tobacco use among high-risk populations.
  • Developing and maintaining statewide capacity to support all of the above.
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Last updated August 2, 2021