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MARE Welcomes the Missouri Tobacco Prevention & Control Program as a New Associate Member

MARE is pleased to welcome the Missouri Tobacco Prevention & Control Program as our newest Associate Member.  For more information on this program, please read on:

Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

The Missouri Tobacco Prevention and Control Program’s (TPCP) vision is a tobacco free Missouri.  The Program works to improve health by promoting and supporting tobacco free environments and lifestyles through the following goals: prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults, promote quitting among youth and adults, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke and reduce the impact on populations disproportionately affected by tobacco. Program staff provide tools, resources, training, support and technical assistance to youth advocacy groups, schools, community-based coalitions, organizations and partners on effective strategies to reduce and prevent tobacco use and exposure and reduce tobacco-related disparities.


Missouri’s Guide to Creating a Comprehensive Tobacco and Vape-Free School District is a resource to assist schools in developing policies to prevent and reduce tobacco use and exposure.  The Guide and fillable tools are available on the Department of Health and Senior Services’ website.  Assistance on using the Guide and developing a comprehensive tobacco and vape-free school policy is also available by calling the Missouri Tobacco Prevention and Control Program at (573) 522-2820.


TPCP also manages the Missouri Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW or www.quitnow.net/missouri), a free service that provides cessation coaching, information and resources on how to quit, and, if eligible, FDA-approved cessation medications to Missouri residents ages 13 and older who want to quit smoking, vaping, or chewing nicotine products.