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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.


E-cigarette use among school-age youth

Dr. Alexandra Loukas discusses the alarming jump in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students.

Read more about this research study

Texas raises the smoking age to 21

AUSTIN — The Texas 86th legislature raised the smoking age from 18 to 21. SB 21 went into effect on September 1, 2019. The new law also removed provisions in the previous statutes the allowed youth possession of tobacco products while the presence of their parents.

Read more about the Texas 21 coalition.

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.

Read more about this news story.

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; many other languages are available using an interpretation service.

Learn more about telephone and online tobacco cessation support