ASTHO’s tobacco control program serves as a resource on perspectives, capacities, challenges and opportunities to implement state-based tobacco control and prevention initiatives. We provide national leadership in linking and aligning tobacco control with other chronic disease prevention areas such as obesity, cancer, heart disease and stroke.
The overarching goals of this program are to enhance the capacity of state health agency tobacco prevention programs to improve tobacco-related polices and practice; foster environmental, cultural and systems change; and serve as a resource to ASTHO members on tobacco-related initiatives. ASTHO's position statement on Tobacco supports aggressive efforts to reduce tobacco use, tobacco-attributable health disparities, and tobacco-related morbidity and mortality.
September 6, 2013: ASTHO joined the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium and a coalition of state and local public health organizations and their national membership organizations in formally filing a Citizen Petition urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, “little cigars,” hookah and other tobacco products currently free of federal regulation. The petition is currently open for comment here.
October 23, 2013: ASTHO sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Hamburg urging the regulation of electronic cigarettes.
November 2013: The Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement is an agreement on trade that includes the United States and 11 nations around the Pacific. ASTHO recently sent a letter to the White House requesting that tobacco control measures and tobacco products are “carved out” of existing and future trade agreements. Specifically, the “carve out” language must be broad in scope as it relates to tobacco prevention and control and unambiguous in its intent. The agreement is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.
November 2013: ASTHO letter urging the FDA to address menthol in cigarettes.
ASTHO Tobacco Publications
Comprehensive Tobacco Control: Guide for State and Territorial Health Officials
This booklet is intended for use by state and territorial health officials and their leadership teams to introduce the basic framework that guides state-level tobacco control policies and programs; review the current evidence base that supports the framework; and highlight examples from current public health tobacco control practice.
Coming Soon: Recommendations from the December 23, 2012 “ASTHO Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation Expert Roundtable” led by Dr. Ed Ehlinger (MN), Chair of the Tobacco Issues Forum.
State Case Studies and Webinars
On June 13, 2013, State Health Officials Dr. Mel Kohn (OR) and Dr. Nirav Shah (NY) and their respective State Medicaid Leadership were featured on a webinar titled Building Partnerships and Financing Prevention in Medicaid and CHIP in partnership with the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. View presentation slides or access the meeting summary and additional resources.
Michigan Smoke-Free Law Implementation
Michigan's implementation plan maximized resources and used evidence-based strategies to create a successful model for smoke-free law implementation, evaluation, and enforcement that improved air quality in workplaces and food service establishments.
Tobacco Issues Forum (TIF)
The Tobacco Issues Forum is a workgroup led by ASTHO, currently chaired by Dr. Ed Ehlinger (MN) under the guidance of our Prevention Policy Committee and comprised of members and staff from key affiliate and partner organizations. The group serves as an opportunity to share tobacco control activities and resources, identify opportunities to speak in a collective voices, and examine the overall picture of tobacco prevention and control in the states. Learn more »
Supporting CDC Tips from Former Smokers Campaign
State and Territorial Tobacco Control Strategic Plans
State and Territory Tobacco Control Strategic Plans Tobacco Map
This ASTHO map tool will connect you to each available state and territory Tobacco Control Strategic Plan to see what steps your state is taking to reach their tobacco control goals.
State Legislative Tracking on Tobacco
ASTHO’s State Health Policy team tracks and analyzes legislation across the states to identify trends and emerging issues impacting public health and state health agencies. Tobacco legislation that is tracked includes electronic cigarettes, smoke free laws and taxes.
Tobacco and the National Prevention Strategy
|The National Prevention Strategy provides evidence-based recommendations for 4 Strategic Directions and 7 Priority Areas. ASTHO has developed an online toolkit with resources intended to help state and territorial governments implement the recommendations in the NPS, including one focused on "Tobacco Free Living." To view resources in other areas, click the NPS icon!
ASTHO has also compiled a list of additional background information, recommendations, datasets, and other resources regarding tobacco. These external links provide additional guidance and research about tobacco issues relevant to states. Read more »