ASTHO’s tobacco control program serves as a resource on perspectives, capacities, challenges and opportunities to implement state-based tobacco control and prevention initiatives. 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. Read ASTHO's position statement on tobacco.
ASTHO Tobacco Written Resources and Materials
ASTHO has published a number of written materials on tobacco control and prevention, including state success stories, issue briefs, case studies, and comprehensive guides. To view ASTHO’s full library of tobacco resources, please visit our tobacco written resources and materials page »
To view background information, webinar recordings, and a collection of state resources about e-cigarettes, please visit our e-cigarette page ».
E-cigarette resource library - ASTHO has compiled research articles, media stories, factsheets, and other materials related to e-cigarettes into a searchable database for state public health leaders.
State Tobacco Policy Tracking
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. Recent topics include menthol in cigarettes, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement, and the regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars, “little cigars,” hookah, and other tobacco products. Read more about tobacco regulations »
ASTHO conducted scans of three tobacco control policy areas in 2016. The following policy scan reports offer a snapshot of state level tobacco control policies and the policy landscape across the country.
Tobacco Issues Forum
The Tobacco Issues Forum (TIF) is a workgroup led by ASTHO, currently chaired by Dr. Rahul Gupta (WV) 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 voice, and examine the overall picture of tobacco prevention and control in the states. Learn more »
Tobacco Control Network
The Tobacco Control Network (TCN) is an ASTHO peer network comprised of the tobacco control program managers and additional staff from each U.S. state and territorial health agency and the health department of the District of Columbia. This wide representation allows the TCN to access a wealth of expertise and experience from across the country. TCN is focused on raising the primacy of tobacco control in all state health agencies and fostering collaboration and communication among state and territorial programs. Read more »
Related Projects and Resources
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
." Visit the ASTHO NPS page to learn more »
States Supporting CDC's Tips from Former Smokers Campaign
Support the implementation of a CDC Tips from Former SmokersTM campaign
initiative called Talk with Your Doctor, ASTHO collected samples of letters
that were written to local medical societies and chapters of healthcare organizations within States and Territories, along with accompanying materials.
See What Others Are Doing
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 »