Smoke-Free/Tobacco Control

Ensuring a healthy future


Working with volunteers, partners and advocates, Respiratory Health Association pursues an aggressive tobacco control agenda that aims to give smokers the tools they need to quit, decrease everyone’s exposure to secondhand smoke and prevent young people from taking up this deadly addiction. 

Typically, tobacco control policies include: smoke-free initiatives, cigarette tax increases, restricting youth access to tobacco, regulating tobacco industry advertising and promotion, and motivating and helping people to quit smoking. Enacting effective public policy has a dramatic impact on the health of thousands of people and on the financial bottom line of individuals and governments.

Tobacco control facts

  • Tobacco use is the leading cause of premature death and disease in the United States, and it has been linked to numerous cancers, including lung and esophageal cancers, heart disease, emphysema and reproductive complications.
  • The effects of adult tobacco use on children who breathe secondhand smoke include respiratory disease, sudden infant death syndrome and behavioral problems.
  • In Illinois alone, the annual health care costs directly attributed to smoking total an estimated $4.1 billion with an additional $4.35 billion in lost productivity. For the United States, the direct health care costs total $96 billion each year.
  • Tobacco companies spend an estimated $450 million per year advertising in Illinois.


To learn more, visit our Smoke-Free and Tobacco Control pages. If you are interested tobacco cessation resources, visit our Quit Smoking pages.

For more information, contact Matt Maloney:
Email Matt
(312) 628-0233