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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.


Estimating the Return on Investment from Reducing Tobacco Use in Texas

This report quantifies the substantial health care and productivity cost savings in Texas that have been achieved from efforts to reduce adult smoking. Adult smoking prevalence has declined from 19.4% in 2007 to 14.5% in 2014. However, tobacco control program efforts in two coalition populations have led to an additional 3.9% cumulative decline in adult smoking.

Read more about this research study

Texas could raise the smoking age to 21

AUSTIN — The Texas legislature is moving toward raising the smoking age to 21. Many community coalitions and health advocates are determined to keep Texans, especially kids, from picking up the tobacco habit have pushed for legislation. Texas is one of several states that have introduced statewide legislation to raise the smoking ago to 21.

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