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Division of Tobacco Use Prevention & Control


Jerilyn Oshel, Division Director
Lucas State Office Building
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
(515) 281-6225

Mission Statement

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The mission of the Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control is to establish a comprehensive partnership among state government, local communities, and the people of Iowa to foster a social and legal climate in which tobacco use becomes undesirable and unacceptable.

Who We Are

Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death for Iowans, taking the lives of more than 4,400 adults each year. Estimated annual health care costs in Iowa directly related to tobacco use now total $1 billion. The Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control works to reduce tobacco use and the toll of tobacco-caused disease and death by preventing youth from starting, helping adults and youth to quit, and preventing exposure to secondhand smoke.

To achieve these goals, the Division follows Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) guidelines for comprehensive tobacco control programs. State-level initiatives include Quitline Iowa cessation services, youth tobacco-use prevention programming and enforcement of Iowa's Smokefree Air Act. Local tobacco control programs, called Community Partnerships, support tobacco control initiatives at the community level. The Division also conducts ongoing surveillance of tobacco use by youth and adults in Iowa.


What's New


Fact Sheet about new E-cigarette law that went into effect July 1, 2014 (below)


Added an updated version of our Model Tobacco Free School policy. Find it in the Support for Tobacco Control Efforts


IDPH continues to offers Free Nicotine Replacement Patches and Gum through Quitline Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is offering eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in the form of patches and gum to Iowa smokers who choose to make a quit attempt using Quitline Iowa.

Quitline Iowa offers tobacco cessation coaching services over the telephone or the Internet, 24 hours a day.

For more information about Quitline Iowa, click here, or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.


Upcoming Events


I-STEP Executive Council Meeting 4-11-15 Altoona, Iowa

Commission Meeting 3-27-15 Des Moines, Iowa