State and Community Resources

General Information | Evidence-Based Interventions | Funding and Sustainability | Programming

General Information

Ending the Tobacco Epidemic: HHS tobacco control strategic action plan
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The first-ever national strategic action plan for tobacco control includes actions intended to reduce smoking rates, prevent youth initiation, and promote cessation. The action plan was created with the vision of a society free of tobacco-related death and disease.

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National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials is a nonprofit membership organization serving local health departments nationwide — in cities, counties, townships and districts. The NAACHO Tobacco Prevention and Control Project aims to strengthen local health departments' capacity to engage in tobacco use prevention and control and increase the integration of national, state and local tobacco control efforts.

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Smoking and Health Resource Library
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An online repository that is updated on a weekly basis and contains recently published tobacco-related articles from peer-reviewed behavioral, scientific, and medical literature. Users may browse the new citations by week or search for them as part of the Smoking and Health Resource Library and may search by author, keyword or journal name.

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Tobacco Control Network (TCN)
The Tobacco Control Network (TCN) is comprised of the tobacco control program managers and staff from each state, territory, and D.C. The TCN works to: raise the priority and primacy of tobacco use prevention and control at the state and national level; support the needs of state tobacco control program managers and staff by promoting information- sharing, coordination, and cooperation; and foster collaboration between state tobacco control programs and national partners. The TCN website houses the following resources: state/territory contact information, the Help Your Peers listserv, the Tobacco Free Press newsletter, links to state/territory tobacco control websites, and other resources for states and territories.

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Tobacco.org: Tobacco news and information
Tobacco.org is a free resource center focusing on tobacco and smoking issues. It features tobacco news, information, assistance for smokers trying to quit, alerts on tobacco control issues, and open consideration of all aspects of the spectrum of issues concerning tobacco, nicotine, cigarettes and cigars. Summaries of tobacco-related news with links to complete articles are available on the site, as an email subscription service, or via Twitter.

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See also: Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights/American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, American Public Health Association, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Association of Attorneys General, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Local Board of Health, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors’ Association

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Evidence-Based Interventions

Best Practices User Guide: Coalitions—State and Community Interventions
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), 2009. This user-friendly guide focuses on the critical role coalitions play in a comprehensive tobacco control program. According to this guide, communities need to work toward transforming the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of users and nonusers of tobacco by changing the way tobacco is promoted, sold, and used.

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Ending the Tobacco Epidemic: A Tobacco Control Strategic Action Plan for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),
2010. The first-ever HHS strategic action plan for tobacco control includes actions intended to reduce smoking rates, prevent youth initiation, and promote cessation. The four main strategies are to: 1) improve the public's health through the implementation of evidence-based tobacco control interventions and policies; 2) engage the public by changing social norms surrounding tobacco use; 3) use HHS resources to create a society free of tobacco-related disease and death; and 4) advance knowledge by accelerating research to expand the science base and monitor progress. Each of these strategies has several specific activities and actions associated with it as ways of realizing the overall vision of creating a society free of tobacco-related death and disease.

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The Guide to Community Preventive Services: Tobacco Use
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Marketing (NCHM). This guide summarizes what is known about the effectiveness, economic efficiency, and feasibility of interventions to promote community health and prevent disease.  The Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommends various interventions on the basis of evidence gathered during systematic reviews of published studies. The Community Guide is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. SAMHSA has developed this resource to help people, agencies, and organizations implement programs and practices in their communities.

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Funding and Sustainability

Sustainability Toolkit: 10 Steps to Maintaining Your Community Improvements
Center for Civic Partnerships. This toolkit grew out of the Center for Civic Partnerships’ efforts to provide technical support to collaboratives and organizations on sustaining their community improvements. After testing different processes with groups, a ten-step process was developed to guide communities through sustainability planning.

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Programming

Michigan Smoke-Free Community Assessment Tool
Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan Surgeon General’s Office. This website was designed to help Michigan communities assess the smoke-free status of their community, and evaluate their local resources and support for promoting smoke-free environments and tobacco-free lifestyles. The printable preview materials on this website are also useful for those who do not represent Michigan communities but who are interested in assessments of this type.

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Theory at a Glance: A Guide for Health Promotion Practice
National Institutes of Health, 2005. Describes influential theories of health-related behaviors, the processes of shaping behaviors, and the effects of community and environmental factors on behavior. Theory at a Glance makes health behavior theory accessible and provides tools to solve problems and assess the effectiveness of health promotion programs.

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Last updated 2/18/13