Evidence Based Guides for States

Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2014 is an evidence-based guide to help states build and maintain effective tobacco control programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use. This document updates Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2007. This updated edition describes an integrated approach to program development and provides recommended funding levels for effective state programs.

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Best Practices User Guide: Cessation

This user guide provides insight to the concept of health systems change and how it is used to create efficient methods for increasing and promoting automatic referrals to cessation services, information on how to promote health systems change, improve insurance coverage for cessation treatment, and support state quitlines.

Best Practices User Guide: Health Communications

This user guide offers program staff and partners information on how to effectively develop and implement paid media, earned media, social media, and other types of communications methods and tools to support tobacco control efforts.

Best Practices User Guide: Health Equity

This user guide offers information on how to identify gaps in health equity and work toward achieving health equity in tobacco control when planning, implementing, and enforcing policies, programs, and interventions.

Best Practices User Guide: Partnerships

This user guide expands and updates the recommendations in the 2009 Coalitions user guide to equip tobacco control programs with exploring, developing and maintaining strategic partnerships and building coalitions to achieve commercial tobacco control goals.

Best Practices User Guide: Program Infrastructure

This user guide provides guidance on how tobacco control programs may address challenges with programmatic infrastructure in order to maintain a salient and effective tobacco control program.

Best Practices: Putting Evidence into Practice

This User Guide is designed to help programs share information about what works to reduce commercial tobacco use and put new or improved tobacco control interventions into practice. After more than 50 years of research, we know what works to reduce commercial tobacco use. Yet evidence-based interventions are not reaching the people who need them most, and tobacco use still remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Dissemination and implementation (D&I) strategies can help close the gap between research and practice by turning what we know into what we do.

Best Practices User Guide: Youth Engagement

This user guide emphasizes that the youth perspective is critical to tobacco prevention and control because most people start smoking cigarettes before age 18. Tobacco control programs have a need to understand how to meaningfully engage youth as a part of a comprehensive tobacco control program.

Best Practices - Tobacco Where You Live: Native Communities

Read about the Tobacco Where You Live series and how it fits in with the Best Practices User Guides, and understand why a culturally focused approach is important to reduce commercial tobacco use disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native people.

Best Practices - Tobacco Where You Live: Mapping Techniques

Read about the Tobacco Where You Live series and how it fits in with the Best Practices User Guides. This Mapping Techniques supplement helps users create effective maps in six easy steps, learn how state programs have used maps to support tobacco prevention and control goals, and identify the best resources and tools to get started.

Best Practices - Retail Strategies

This Retail Strategies to Promote Health Equity supplement provides actionable guidance to prepare for retail work in communities and implement retail strategies equitably to achieve tobacco control goals.