Learning Objectives: Gain a thorough understanding of state-level information currently reported on tobacco control and prevention. Identify information that is not being address by the current reporting mechanisms. Generate and share ideas for advocacy strategies utilizing the information reported.
Abstract: Since the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between 46 states and the tobacco industry, a great deal of attention has been focused on the statesí progress in developing and implementing tobacco control policies and comprehensive prevention programs. Currently, there are several mechanisms for tracking and reporting this information. A panel of the main authors of three such reports will provide an overview on how data is collected, compiled, reported, distributed and utilized for each report, followed by a facilitated discussion.
One report focuses on comparing the statesí commitment to spending the MSA dollars on tobacco prevention with the CDCís recommended guidelines, and other uses for the settlement dollars. The second report gives a detailed overview of state-based information on the prevalence of tobacco use, the health impact and costs associated with tobacco, tobacco control funding, and state excise tax levels. The third report is a comprehensive guide to state tobacco control laws including a state-by-state overview of laws on clean indoor air, excise taxes, youth access, licensing, advertising and promotion.
The panel presentations will allow state advocates to learn the elements of each report, including a comparison of the three methods and data. The discussion section will identify essential areas that are not being addressed by the current reports, highlight how the information has been used to further advocacy strategies and policy goals in the states and provide a forum to generate innovative ideas for new strategies to utilize the information and foster cooperative advocacy strategies throughout the states.
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