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Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. NACCHO is collaborating with national, federal, state, and local organizations to provide local health departments with the resources they need to reduce the use of tobacco in their communities.

NACCHO works with partner organizations to develop and disseminate policy recommendations, best practices, and current information on tobacco control programs and activities. NACCHO''s tobacco resources provide model practices and policies for local health departments and their partners, and include Program and Funding Guidelines for Comprehensive Local Tobacco Control Programs and the comprehensive Policy Statement on Tobacco Use Prevention and Control.

NACCHO also actively participates in the development of national tobacco policy. NACCHO is a member of Partners for Effective Tobacco Policy (PARTNERS), which advocates for federal policies to reduce the death and disease caused by tobacco use. NACCHO will continue to be involved in the ongoing debate about tobacco policy and the development of comprehensive tobacco control programs.

NACCHO collaborates with organizations such as the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH), American Nonsmokers'' Rights Foundation, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and others to help develop and promote policy initiatives to increase the integration of national, state, and local tobacco control efforts. 

Health departments are encouraged to become involved in tobacco control activities and participate in state and local tobacco control coalitions. NACCHO disseminates information on tobacco control resources available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other federal agencies, and national nonprofit organizations.