Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death for Iowans, taking the lives of more than 5,100 adults each year. Estimated annual health care costs in Iowa directly related to tobacco use now total $1 billion.
The Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control works to reduce tobacco use and the toll of tobacco-caused disease and death by preventing youth from starting, helping adults and youth to quit, and preventing exposure to secondhand smoke.
To achieve these goals, the Division follows Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) guidelines for comprehensive tobacco control programs. State-level initiatives include Quitline Iowa cessation services, youth tobacco-use prevention programming and enforcement of Iowa's Smokefree Air Act.
Local tobacco control programs, called Community Partnerships, support tobacco control initiatives at the community level. The Division also conducts ongoing surveillance of tobacco use by youth and adults in Iowa.
Tobacco use is still the single greatest preventable cause of death and disease in Iowa. However, our communities are working in a variety of ways to reduce tobacco’s harm by:
- Eliminating tobacco-related health disparities
- Keeping youth and young adults from starting
- Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke
- Helping people quit
Tobacco 21 - Tobacco Age to Purchase
Updated: July 2020
On December 20, 2019, federal legislation was signed by President Trump raising the age for sales of tobacco products from age 18 to 21 under federal law. This federal legislation bars retailers from selling tobacco products- including cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes- to anyone under age 21.
On June 29th, 2020 Governor Reynolds signed legislation that increased the state minimum age to purchase tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor products from 18 to 21 years. State of Iowa law is now reflective of the federal minimum age to purchase which was raised on December 20, 2019. Retailers must not sell, give or supply any tobacco, tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, vapor products, or cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21 years.
Community Partnership Grants
We provide grants to local public health agencies, community organizations, and tribal governments to help reduce the burden of tobacco within their own communities. Grantees work toward tobacco-free environments like smoke-free multi-unit housing, as well as reducing youth access to tobacco.
- Statewide Map of Current Community Partnerships
- FY23 Community Partnership Tobacco Control Program Objectives (updated 7/14/22)
- Community Partnerships funding for this fiscal year (FY23) (7/13/22)
Iowa HHS TUPC Material Order Form
If interested in promotional/educational materials, email TobContactUs@idph.iowa.gov.
Tobacco Free/Nicotine Free Model Policies
- Park Policy
- County Fair Policy
- Outdoor Events and Places Policy
- Rodeo Policy
- TF NF College Policy
- Pharmacy No Sale Tobacco Policy
- Preschool Child Care Model Policy
- School Policy
Adopting a Tobacco and Nicotine Free Childcare Policy
E-Cigarette Law Fact Sheet
E-Cigarette Law Fact Sheet (2014)
Surveillance, Evaluation and Statistics
- Iowa Tobacco Report (Tobacco Free Kids 2022)
- E-cigarette/ vape data: Latest vaping data from the Iowa Youth Survey and adult BRFSS survey
- Cigarettes: The most used tobacco product (among Iowa adults), 2018 BRFSS (pub 6/2020)
- Iowa Adult Tobacco Use Rates, BRFSS Report 2018, 2011-18 Trends, (pub 5/2020)
- Burden of Tobacco Use in Iowa (pub 3/2021)
- Iowa Youth Tobacco Use Rates, IYS, 2018, 1999-2018 Trends (pub 5/2019)
Point-of-Sale Retailer Assessment Infographics 2019
The mission of the Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control is to establish a comprehensive partnership among state government, local communities, and the people of Iowa to foster a social and legal climate in which tobacco use becomes undesirable and unacceptable.