Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

National Study Assesses the Effect of Comprehensive State Tobacco Control Programs


A recent study of the 1991-2006  BRFSS data reveals that comprehensive state tobacco control programs are reducing the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults.  These statistically significant results also indicate that these programs are cost effective as public health interventions.  The study findings suggest that had each state followed the recommended CDC funding for state initiatives, the smoking prevalence in the U.S. could have been up to 8% lower than the current prevalence of 19.3%.  Hopefully results from research like this will encourage increasing state funding and move the U.S. closer to meeting the USDHHS Healthy People 2020 objective of less than 12% smoking prevalence in the U.S.