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 share information, learn together, and partner on initiatives that help reduce the use and impact of tobacco products in our state.

SC Tobacco Partners Listserv and Monthly Roundtable

SC Tobacco Partners listserv is a forum for SC tobacco prevention and control stakeholders to share resources, information, programs, and events.

Join the SC Tobacco Partners Listserv

SC Tobacco Partners Monthly Roundtable meets virtually at 10:00am on 4th Fridays with a different host and focus area for discussion each month. 

 

Subscribe to our e-news or the email group above to receive the registration link.

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 - 1) Protecting Youth, 2) Increasing Secondhand Smoke Protections, 3) Reducing Adult Tobacco Use, and 4) Strengthening Statewide Infrastructure. Each goal area includes  objectives and recommended activities for organizations and groups that want to be part of protecting South Carolina from the harms of tobacco use.
 

View/download 2021-2026 State Plan PDF                 Order 2021-2026 State Plan hard copies

 

View/download 2015-2020 State Plan Evaluation PDF

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

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. 

View CAN Quit Project Summary

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.