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    Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
    DSHS Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division Mail Code 2081
    909 W. 45th St., Bldg. 552
    Austin, TX 78751

    Phone: (512) 776-3307

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Tobacco Links

Media Campaign Sites:


smoking campaign sites

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may also not be accessible to people with disabilities.

Best Practices Approach to Tobacco Prevention

DSHS has provided online resources for local community coalitions, grantees, and other interested stakeholders by identifying best practices and evidence-based interventions in tobacco prevention, cessation, and enforcement strategies.

Community Tobacco Prevention and Control Toolkit

This evidence-based guide for communities is on the DSHS website. (www.dshs.state.tx.us/tobacco/bestpractices/) Using the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Strategic Prevention Framework, a public health model for building healthy communities, this six module toolkit provides information on the Center for Disease Control’s comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program components. These are used to coordinate community efforts to establish smoke-free policies and social norms, to promote and assist tobacco users to quit, and to prevent initiation of tobacco use. This approach combines educational, clinical, regulatory, economic, and social strategies. The five basic components of a comprehensive program are:

  • State and community interventions;
  • Health communications;
  • Cessation services;
  • Surveillance and evaluation; and
  • Administration and management.

Evidence-based Tobacco Program Resource List

Texas Tobacco-related Sites

DSHS Substance Abuse Services: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/Substance-Abuse/

TxSSC Tobacco Prevention and Community Services http://www.txssc.txstate.edu/TOB/

STOPN (Spit Tobacco Prevention Network): http://www.tambcd.edu/outreach/tobacco.html

Texas Tobacco Laws: www.texastobaccolaw.org

National Tobacco-related Sites

Tobacco Cessation Guideline – Virtual Office of the Surgeon General: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco/

American Heart Association: http://www.americanheart.org

American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org

American Lung Association: http://www.lungusa.org

ASTHO Tobacco Prevention and Control Project: http://www.astho.org/Programs/Prevention/Tobacco/

ASH (Action on Smoking and Health):  http://www.ash.org

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education): http://www.dare.com

Centers for Disease Control Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS): http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was established as a national philanthropy in 1972 and today it is the largest US foundation devoted to improving the health and health care of all Americans. www.rwjf.org/index.jsp

Exposing the truth about tobacco so that people can have all of the information necessary. http://www.thetruth.com

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is fighting to free America's youth from tobacco and to create a healthier environment. http://tobaccofreekids.org

American Legacy Foundation is the national, independent public health foundation established by the 1998 tobacco settlement. http://www.americanlegacy.org/

The Foundation for a Smokefree America is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate people of all ages about smoking and tobacco use. http://www.tobaccofree.org/foundatn.html

Tar Wars is a youth tobacco-free education program and poster contest of the American Academy of Family Physicians. http://www.tarwars.org/

Last updated November 01, 2012