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A community working towards a tobacco-free Texas.

We provide evidence based research and strategies to decrease nicotine and tobacco use in Texas.

Who We Are

The goals of the Tobacco Research and Evaluation Team at The University of Texas at Austin are to conduct research on youth and young adult tobacco use, and develop effective tobacco prevention programs and intervention tools that are easily accessible for various populations. The team is involved in three broad categories of initiatives on tobacco prevention and control: Research, Community Coalition and College Initiatives, and Healthcare Systems Change Initiatives.


Texas could raise the smoking age to 21

AUSTIN — This could be the year Texas raises the smoking age to 21. Democrats and doctors determined to keep Texans, especiallty kids, from picking up the tobacco habit have pushed for legislation. This session Republicans have joined the fight. Texas is one of several states that are introducing statewide legislation to raise the smoking ago to 21.

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Young women increasingly attracted to social smoking

The prevalence of very light smoking has increased among young women in the US - drawn by advertisers associating the habit with "independence, attractiveness and sophistication. A study of 9,789 women aged between 18 – 25 published in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease, indicated these very light smokers (5 cigarettes or less daily) were less likely to report nicotine dependence.

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High school, middle school kids now use more e-cigs than tobacco: CDC

The number of middle and high school students using electronic cigarettes tripled between 2013 and 2014, according to recently released government figures, a startling increase that public health officials fear could reverse decades of efforts combating the scourge of smoking.

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Yes Quit

The Texas Quitline offers online and telephone counseling service supported by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Quitline provides counseling 24/7 in English and Spanish and many other languages via a translation service.

Learn more about telephone and online tobacco cessation support