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Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs User Guides
Hand holding user manual

Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Staff Contact: Stephanie Andersen
Project Duration: 2008-present 

Since 2008, CPHSS has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health to develop a set of companion user guides for the CDC's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs. Aiming to help fill the gap between research and practice, the User Guides translate Best Practices guidelines into topic-specific, evidence-based strategies and practical guidance for states and communities working to decrease tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. Recommendations are developed based on information from scientific evidence, literature reviews, case studies, and input from tobacco control experts.


Each User Guide provides practical information through the following organizational structure:

  • Making the Case – presents a brief overview of why tobacco control programs should focus on the topic
  • Brief History – provides the background of the topic
  • How To – provides the rationale and beginning steps on how to develop a program around the topic
  • In Action – provides real world examples of the topic 
  • Providing Support – shares suggestions for how state programs can support the topic
  • Case for Investment – presents the information needed to gain support for the topic
  • Resources – identifies publications, tool kits, and websites to help in planning efforts

Published User Guides address Coalitions, Youth Engagement, and Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control. User Guides on Program Infrastructure and Health Communications are currently in development.


Erin Foster, IPH, 2016

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