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Community Involvement

Operation TACTIC is a program that educates youth and adults about the dangers of smokeless tobacco.

After several years of decline, the use of smokeless tobacco among middle and high school males is again on the increase, according to a 2012 report of the U.S. Surgeon General and recent surveys conducted by the Ohio Department of Health. Unfortunately, usage in Ohio as reported in the surveys is significantly higher than nationally.

The ODA offers a program to help educate Ohioans on the risks of using smokeless tobacco. While geared to youth, the Operation TACTIC (Teens Against Chewing Tobacco in the Community) program is a good resource for all ages. The program video, Let's Get Real About Smokeless Tobacco tells the story of an Ohio man who died at the young age of 31 from cancer after using smokeless tobacco since he was 13.

You can view a short segment of  Let’s Get Real About Smokeless Tobacco. Please allow time for your system’s video player to fully download the file.

The Operation TACTIC program module and video are available in three formats: program module and video, CD-ROM and DVD (which include all program materials and video). Click here for an order form or call the ODA at 614-486-2700.

The American Cancer Society has facts on smokeless tobacco and tips on how to quit.

  • Click here for tips to reduce smokeless tobacco use.
  • Click here for more statistics and facts on smokeless tobacco.

The concept of smokeless tobacco as “harm reduction” or a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes is refuted by numerous reputable agencies and health professionals. Read what others have to say.

Would you like a dentist to present a program on the oral health risks of smokeless tobacco to your school or community? Contact laura@oda.org to coordinate a presentation. Please contact at least 2-3 months in advance.