Our programs emphasize data-based research and evaluation, which are key in producing evidence based programs that prevent and eliminate tobacco use. This website provides key information and resources regarding the programs and control initiatives the team is involved in.
Systemic change within hospital systems is imperative in creating sustainable and effective programs in the field of tobacco cessation and control. The team is involved in encouraging dialogue between academics, cessation specialists, healthcare systems officials, local community members, subject matter experts, and public health staff, while also involving physicians and clinicians to strengthen the infrastructure that supports clinical referrals to tobacco cessation resources.
The University of Texas at Austin has worked collaboratively with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on coalition-based tobacco prevention and control since 2000. In 2014, nine Texas community coalitions were given funding by DSHS to develop and implement comprehensive community-based tobacco cessation programs. The Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalitions combined the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework and the CDC National Tobacco Control Program’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs to help community coalitions blend the two perspectives on comprehensive community action.
The College Tobacco Project is a system-level, multi-component approach to help decrease the use of all tobacco products among college students. Nearly one-third of all college students use tobacco products, thus tobacco prevention and cessation efforts specific to college students are needed.
Complemented by student-led tobacco prevention and control activities, the College Tobacco Project ultimately serves to actively involve students in improving their own campus communities by targeting tobacco use.