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Monograph 16: ASSIST Shaping the Future of Tobacco Prevention and Control

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Table of Contents:

  • Other NCI Tobacco Control Monographs (58 kb)
  • A Note from the Series Editor (53 kb)
  • Dedication (53 kb)
  • Foreword (69 kb)
  • Preface (83 kb)
  • The Evaluation of the American Stop Smoking Intervention Study for Cancer Prevention (ASSIST) (71 kb)
  • Acronyms List (106 kb)
  • Acknowledgments (124 kb)
  • Contents (128 kb)


  • Chapter 1
    The Historical Context
    (169 kb)
    • Needed: A New Approach
    • The Context for Creating ASSIST
    • Approval Is Sought
    • Readiness to Go Forward
    • References
    • Additional Resource

  • Chapter 2
    The Conceptual Framework
    (237 kb)
    • The Fundamental Premises of ASSIST: Preventing Tobacco Use through the Public Health Model
    • The ASSIST Conceptual Framework: Priority Populations, Channels, and Interventions
    • ASSIST Program Objectives and Evaluation
    • The Selection of States5
    • Time to Act
    • References

  • Chapter 3
    Structure and Communications
    (286 kb)
    • Linking the Units of a Complex Structure
    • The Major Organizational Units
    • Mechanisms for Coordination, Decision Making, and Communication
    • Readiness to Build Capacity and Capabilities
    • References

  • Chapter 4
    Building National, State, and Local Capacity and Capability
    (415 kb)
    • Creating the Capacity to Act
    • Building the Capability to Act
    • Willing and Ready
    • References

  • Chapter 5
    Media Interventions to Promote Tobacco Control Policies
    (373 kb)
    • The Power of the Media
    • Preparing for Media Interventions
    • Media Strategies and Tactics
    • Monitoring Newspaper Coverage
    • From Media to Policy Change
    • References

  • Chapter 6
    Public and Private Policy Interventions
    (901 kb)
    • Policy as an Intervention
    • Interventions in Four Policy Areas
    • Challenges to Public Policy Interventions
    • Insights from Policy Advocacy Experiences
    • The Influence of Policy
    • References
    • Additional Resources

  • Chapter 7
    Program Services: Reaching the Individual
    (251 kb)
    • The Challenge of Services Delivery: Setting Priorities
    • The Role of ASSIST in Service Provision
    • Interaction between Policy and Program Services
    • Strength in Comprehensiveness
    • References
    • Additional Resources

  • Chapter 8
    Tobacco Industry Challenge to ASSIST
    (661 kb)
    • Part 1. The Tobacco Industry’s Response to ASSIST: An Analysis of Tobacco Industry Internal Documents
    • Methods for Researching the Tobacco Industry Documents
    • Results of the Research
    • Discussion


    • Part 2. ASSIST’s Response to the Tobacco Companies: Facing the Opposition
    • Understanding the Obligation to Respond to FOIA Requests
    • Understanding the Regulations on Lobbying
    • Case Studies
    • Onward after the Opposition
    • References
    • Additional Resources

  • Chapter 9
    Planning Strategically for the Future
    (420 kb)
    • At the Turning Point
    • The States Work to Sustain Their Programs
    • Developing Strategic Plans for a Sustained National Program
    • Taking Action to Get Commitment
    • Affirming the Commitment
    • Turning to Transition
    • References
    • Additional Resource

  • Chapter 10
    From Demonstration Project to Nationwide Program
    (243 kb)
    • The Challenge of Dissemination
    • Transition from Agency to Agency: Administrative Issues
    • Integrating and Maintaining Core Program Elements
    • The National Environment for Tobacco Control: A Consideration
    • Toward the Future
    • References

  • Chapter 11
    The Promise of ASSIST
    (454 kb)
    • Beyond ASSIST
    • A Visible Promise: An Evolving Infrastructure
    • The Promise of ASSIST: Shaping the Future
    • Influencing Public Health Initiatives
    • Advancing Evaluation Methodology
    • Future Interventions and Research Initiatives
    • Onward from ASSIST
    • References

  • Index (251 kb)

Ordering Information

This monograph can be ordered by calling the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or visiting NCI's Publications Locator Web site.

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Last Updated: March 2, 2012

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