Tobacco Prevention and Control Program - Public Health Region 6/5 South


The Texas Tobacco Prevention and Control Program aims to reduce the toll of tobacco use on the health, safety, and well-being of all Texans


  • Prevent tobacco use initiation among youth and young adults.
  • Promote quitting among youth and adults.
  • Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Reduce and eliminate tobacco-related disparities among population groups.
  • Develop and maintain statewide capacity to support a sustainable tobacco prevention and control program.

Current State of Tobacco Use in Region 6/5 S

Region 6/5 map of tobacco use in the region
Source: County Health Rankings, 2023

According to the latest county health rankings, Texas has an overall adult cigarette smoking rate of 13%. In Public Health Region 6/5 South, all 16 counties except for Fort Bend have higher smoking rates compared to the state average (see below).

Adult Smoking Rates (%) by Texas County (2023)
County Adult Smoking Rate(%), 2023
Austin 18
Brazoria 16
Chambers 17
Colorado 19
Fort Bend 13
Galveston 16
Hardin 21
Harris 16
Jefferson 20
Liberty 23
Matagorda 19
Montgomery 16
Orange 20
Walker 22
Waller 18
Wharton 19



For Healthcare institutions:

  • Trainings: Ask-Advise-Refer Approach, Referral to the Texas Tobacco Quitline
  • Technical support for tobacco-free policies and initiatives

For Workplaces:

  • Technical support for tobacco-free policies and initiatives.
  • Provide presentations regarding the benefits of a tobacco-free workplace.

For Schools:

  • Provide training on CATCH My Breath Curriculum to school staff.
  • Educate students on the consequences of tobacco products.

For the Community:

  • Conduct community presentation on the health effects of tobacco-use.
  • Technical support with tobacco-free policies.


Our region releases a monthly tobacco newsletter to our community partners. This monthly publication contains latest news, events and announcements, latest research, and special topics related to tobacco.

Get in Touch

Physical Address

Public Health Region 6/5S Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
5425 Polk St.
Suite 440
Houston, TX 77023
United States