Health and Human Services Furthers Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Use

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Health and Human Services Furthers Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Use

11/26/2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a one-stop website with up-to-date tobacco-related information across its agencies.

The consolidated resources on BeTobaccoFree.gov includes general information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit.

"Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "BeTobaccoFree.gov builds upon the Obama administration's commitment to help tobacco users quit and prevent children from starting to use tobacco products."

According to HHS, the new site uses responsive design, making information accessible anywhere through any platform -- including smartphone, tablet and desktop. Its social media dashboard, "Say it - Share it," provides real time updates from HHS tobacco-related social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Infographics, Podcasts and Tumblr.

The website's launch coincided with the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout.