The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has funded comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programming in Texas communities since 2000. A pilot study was implemented in 1999 to 2007, which demonstrated the effectiveness of implementing multiple strategies in order to address tobacco prevention and control rather than using a single strategy approach. In 2008, the first cohort of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalitions were funded for five years to develop or enhance tobacco prevention and control coalitions and implement comprehensive community-based programs. These five Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalitions were the first Texas coalitions to combine the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework and the CDC National Tobacco Control Program's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs. The Community Tobacco Prevention and Control Toolkit was developed as a reference document to help the communities blend the two perspectives on comprehensive community action.
In January of 2014, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) funded the second cohort of nine Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalitions (TPCCs) across Texas to implement community-based comprehensive, evidence-based tobacco prevention and control programs.
The six statewide goals of the DSHS Tobacco Prevention and Control Programs are:
The UT Tobacco Research & Evaluation Team provides the cross-community evaluation of the TPCC project statewide. The Team works in collaboration with several other community partners to support the coalitions.
Texans Standing Tall provides coalition training and technical assistance to support implementation of evidence-based strategies for sustainable community support for tobacco free living.
The Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University facilitates Say What!, which stands for Students, Adults and Youth Working Hard Against Tobacco! Say What! is a movement that provides resources and organization support to TPCC youth coalitions and other groups to help them connect, learn, share, and inspire others to make a positive difference in their schools and communities!
EnviroMedia provides the comprehensive, strategic, media campaigns that are implemented in the TPCC communities and other communities statewide. Media services include research, branding, creative campaign development, web design, web programming, and media planning and buying.