Tobacco Prevention and Control-Region 11

Berta Cavazos, Regional Coordinator
601 W. Sesame Drive, Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-0130 x5580

Mission and Goals

The mission of DSHS Tobacco Prevention and Control is to reduce the health effects and economic toll tobacco has placed on the citizens of Texas. Major goals are:
  1. Prevent tobacco use among young people.
  2. Promote compliance and support adequate enforcement of federal, state and local tobacco laws.
  3. Increase cessation among young people and adults.
  4. Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.
  5. Reduce tobacco use among populations with the highest burden of tobacco-related health disparities.
  6. Develop and maintain statewide capacity for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control.

Services Provided

  • Technical assistance to community organizations, schools, worksites, health professionals, and law enforcement agencies on tobacco use prevention issues.
  • Media campaigns to educate Texans about the dangers of tobacco use and law.
  • Toll-free number for those who wish to request tobacco information or to report illegal tobacco sales to youth:  1-800-345-864
  • Information on tobacco prevention ordinance and laws.
  • Certification of instructors for the Texas Youth Tobacco Awareness program and a current database of available instructors.
  • Texas Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition Program currently taking place in several areas throughout the state.
  • Brochures and literature on various tobacco topics including cessation, secondhand smoke, spit tobacco, cigars, youth, work site policy development, school resources, and multilingual resources.
Yes I am ready to quit  Maybe I am thinking about quitting No I am not ready to quit Smoking and my baby You are never too young to get addicted

Yes Quit Want to Quit?

Contact the Texas Quitline for free and confidential 
counseling services, support and information:

TTY: 1-866-228-4327



Last updated December 14, 2017