Our Work 

Smokefree SC is a partner of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control. We bring together stakeholders from throughout the state to partner on initiatives that help reduce the use and impact of tobacco products in our state.

South Carolina State Tobacco Plan

Eliminating the Toll of Tobacco Products in South Carolina: 2021-2026 State Plan

The State Tobacco Plan covers 4 Goal Areas - Protecting Youth, Increasing Secondhand Smoke Protections, Reducing Adult Tobacco Use, and Strengthening Statewide Infrastructure. Each goal area includes specific objectives and recommended activities for organizations and groups that want to work on local or state efforts to protect South Carolina from the harms of tobacco use.

 

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Book a Group Presentation Tailored to Your Tobacco Control Interests

We invite all tobacco prevention and control stakeholders to book a presentation of the State Plan tailored to your organization or group's specific areas of interest in tobacco prevention and control. The presentation will be interactive and encourage group dialogue about how your group's work aligns with state goals and objectives. 

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Evaluation of the 2015-2020 SC State Tobacco Plan

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Youth Vaping Prevention

Endorsed by the SC Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, our Vape Talk presentation is a 30-minute education program for parents of middle and high school students. Vape Talk gives parents a basic overview  of vaping devices, how they work, why they are harmful to youth, and how to help teens quit vaping.

 

We have trained presenters who are available to give the presentation virtually or in-person depending on Covid safety protocols. Learn more here.

Policy Advocacy

In fall 2021, we will begin building a statewide Advocacy Team to educate local and state policy makers about policies that have the most impact on reducing tobacco use. Sign up here to receive meeting notifications or to join the Advocacy Team.

      

View model policies that are useful to coalitions and other groups working on policy change in their local communities.

SC CAN Quit

SC CAN Quit facilitates the implementation of tobacco treatment as a standard of care in all SC cancer centers. Reducing tobacco use in cancer patients can improve cancer treatment outcomes and reduce the risks of secondary cancer development.

 

The aim of implementing tobacco treatment as a standard of care is to assure that every cancer patient:
1) is screened for tobacco use, 2) is advised to quit if they are a smoker, 3) is entered into evidence-based tobacco cessation services or programs, and 4) receives follow-up regarding quitting efforts. The
 primary project partners are the Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control, and the University of South Carolina. 

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Point-of-Sale (POS)

We began a partnership in 2016 with South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC)  to address tobacco issues at the Point of Sale (POS). POS refers to any location where tobacco and/or alcohol products are advertised, displayed, or purchased.  Historically, POS is where the tobacco industry spends most of their marketing dollars.  Marketing and tobacco sales have a significant impact on youth tobacco use, disparities in tobacco use rates and quit attempts.

 

At then end of 2020, four cohorts representing 45 of the 46 counties across South Carolina had conducted
in-store assessments on tobacco products for sale, price points, and marketing. All of the cohorts completed a mapping process
showing how many tobacco retailers exist in different neighborhoods and how close they are to schools and parks. Documenting the problem at a local level allows local coalitions and community groups to formulate policy solutions, raise community awareness, and engage decision makers in implementing and enforcing local statutes on tobacco use and sales.

Annual Smokefree SC Summit

We host a statewide conference every spring on a significant topic of interest for tobacco control and other public health stakeholders.