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Tobacco Prevention Program

Tobacco Prevention Program

Surgeon General? s Report on Smoking & Health—50th Anniversary: 1964-2014

50th anniversary of first Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health

On January 17th, the Surgeon General will release a new report that will highlight 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention. In King County, 50 years after the Surgeon General’s first Report on Smoking and Health, smoking rates have dropped considerably. But the declines are leveling off and there are new challenges facing our community. State tobacco funds have been virtually eliminated with the budget challenges of the Great Recession, while tobacco continues to be a leading cause of preventable death and disease in King County.

Learn more about local tobacco concerns and prevention successes in King County.

Current interest

NEW LawAtlasSM PolicyTracker:

Interactive maps of local policies, policy reports, and policy data. Topics include: local tobacco policies in parks and colleges/universities. Coming soon: tobacco in K12, school wellness, marijuana and worksite wellness. Learn more.


If you see a violation of the Smoking in Public Places and Places of Employment law, please let us know by filling out the web form or sending a text to 206-745-2548. The law prohibits smoking in most public places and workplaces, including inside buildings and within 25 feet of entrances, exits, windows and air intakes. This includes restaurant patios, seating areas and bus shelters, so if you see smoking occurring in any of these places, please let us know. In your text, please include the establishment name, date of violation, and a brief description of what violation is occurring. Don't forget to save this number in your phone for the future and thanks for your help.
Tobacco-free parks in King County (PDF)
New funding opportunity (July 2013):
Seattle Children's Hospital and Public Health – Seattle & King County are pleased to announce funding opportunities for multi-unit housing agencies who wish to establish or convert units as smoke-free housing. Funding is available for agencies working in King County with priority for communities in South King County. Please see application below for more information. Questions may be directed to or 206-263-8197.
The Tobacco Prevention Program has created an interactive online no-smoking policy guide specifically for affordable housing providers! This guide includes HUD rules for implementing no-smoking policies, survey results showing demand for smoke-free affordable housing among residents, and the experiences of other affordable housing providers who have successfully implemented no smoking policies. Download the guide.
Check out KCQuits, our new Facebook page for anyone quitting tobacco!
Text us at 206-745-2548 to let us know about a violation, or submit a complaint using our online form
Learn about the Washington State Tobacco Quitline
Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)
How much are you spending on cigarettes? Follow this link to the American Cancer Society to find out!
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401 - 5th Ave, Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98104


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