Massachusetts Medical Society: Tobacco, Smoking and Vaping

Tobacco, Smoking and Vaping

Tobacco and Smoking

Funding levels for anti-tobacco efforts have declined despite the 1998 landmark settlement of $246 billion with tobacco companies. However, in 2018, state funding was increased by a half million dollars to support the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program. 

Governor Baker also signed the youth tobacco prevention legislation that bans the sale of tobacco in pharmacies, regulates e-cigarettes, and raises the age of sale for tobacco from 18 to 21 in the Commonwealth.

The MMS and its Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine are committed to combating tobacco use.

  • Different Products, Same Dangers
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has launched a campaign aimed to combat vaping among teens.  The campaign, developed with the input of middle and high school students across the state as well as student leaders from The 84 Movement, links the dangers of vaping to cigarette smoking. 
  • The 84 Movement
    The 84 is a statewide movement of youth fighting tobacco in Massachusetts. The 84 represents the 84% of Massachusetts youth who did NOT smoke when the movement began. Now, 93.4% of youth do NOT smoke.
    Youth groups in a high school or community organization who want to fight against the tobacco and vaping industries sign up to become an 84 Chapter and be a part of the movement.
  • QuitWorks
    QuitWorks is a free, evidence-based smoking cessation service. It is a partnership of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and major Medicaid and commercial health plans. The University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training provides clinical training and technical assistance. 
  • MA Dept of Public Health Campaign on Vaping and E-Cigarettes
    The MA DPH campaign, The New Look of Nicotine Addiction, provides information and education for parents of middle and high school youth on the dangers of vape pens and e-cigarettes.
  • 2018 Anti Tobacco Poster Contest Winners
    See the artistic talent of our poster winners, all ranging from the first grade to the sixth grade.
  • Tobacco Free Mass
    MMS is a founding member of this coalition which advocates for policy that advances tobacco prevention and cessation to reduce tobacco use, and decrease the public's exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Massachusetts Healthy Air Coalition
    This coalition of health related organizations advocate for regulations and legislation to protect the air we breathe from tobacco smoke and other pollution. 
  • MMS Policy Compendium
    Read MMS policies on tobacco prevention and education. (.pdf, 205 pages)


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