Examples of State Collaboration

Tobacco Free Living

Tobacco Free Living

Arizona Partners Ensure Success of Smoke-free Act

The Smoke-Free Arizona Act went into effect on May 1, 2007. The Arizona Department of Health Services and the county health departments function as cooperative units to protect Arizonans from secondhand smoke exposure and to ensure uniform compliance with the law throughout the state. County health departments perform consultations and conduct on-site visits at local businesses, bars, and restaurants to provide education and to assess compliance. To achieve statewide enforcement of the act, the Department of Health Services' Smoke-Free Arizona Program provided each county health department with a policy action toolkit.

North Carolina Pioneers Smoke-Free Policy for Restaurants and Bars

In 2010, North Carolina became the first tobacco-producing state in the nation to make all restaurants and bars smoke-free. This was achieved because many partners came together to educate the public, key stakeholders, and decision makers about secondhand smoke's serious health risks and because of the critical support of the community and strong legislative champions who helped build momentum for the law. Partners stepped in to build support for the Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law, including the North Carolina Alliance for Health and North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, which both made smoke-free restaurants and bars a policy priority. The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association worked to ensure that the law provided a level playing field for businesses, steering the legislation away from exceptions. Learn more about implementation of the law.

West Virginia Convenes Partners to Address Dual Tobacco Use

Break Free Alliance, in collaboration with the West Virginia Prevention Research Center and the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health's Division of Tobacco Prevention, convened an expert panel of 24 state and national tobacco prevention specialists, researchers, policymakers, and others in 2011. The goals of the expert panel were to explore the prevalence of dual tobacco use (defined as concurrent use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco) in West Virginia; identify successes and challenges to addressing dual tobacco use; and develop targeted recommendations. The recommendations were published in Addressing Dual Tobacco Use in West Virginia: Report and Recommendations of the Expert Panel and were intended for policymakers, local health departments, clinicians, healthcare providers, researchers, and community-based organizations serving West Virginia residents.