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State and Community Tobacco Control Research Initiative

State and Community Tobacco Control Research

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has funded the State and Community Tobacco Control (SCTC) Research Initiative since 2011. Cooperative agreements were awarded to seven research projects and one Coordinating Center. The research conducted by the initiative addresses important, understudied aspects of state and community tobacco control policy and media interventions. The initiative’s four main research areas are:

  • Secondhand smoke policies
  • Tobacco tax and pricing policies
  • Tobacco industry marketing and promotion, and mass media countermeasures
  • Community and social norms

The SCTC Research Web site serves as a public access portal for highlighting SCTC research projects, publications, and products.

Elizabeth Ginexi, PhD

View SCTC Funding Opportunity Announcement
State and Community Tobacco Control Policy and Media Research, RFA-CA-10-008 (U01)

2011-2016 NCI-funded SCTC Centers

Research Triangle Institute, Coordinating Center
Staff: Carol Schmitt, Project Director; Todd Rogers, Associate Project Director; and Matthew Farrelly, Senior Advisor

The Coordinating Center is responsible for fostering productive collaboration and communication among the research projects, NCI, and the broader public health community. Coordinating Center researchers and staff provide comprehensive scientific coordination and logistical support for the research projects and NCI to facilitate cross-site research opportunities, evaluation of the initiative, and communication of research findings to states and communities.

Mayo Clinic
Principal Investigator: Dr. Scott Leischow
Study: Networks Among Tribal Organizations for Clean Air (NATO-CAP)

University of California San Diego
Principal Investigator: Dr. Shu-Hong Zhu
Study: Non-smokers and Tobacco Control Norms: Population Surveys and Intervention Studies

University of California San Francisco
Principal Investigator: Dr. Pamela Ling
Study: Countering Young Adult Tobacco Marketing in Bars 

Emory University
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michelle Kegler
Study: Brief Interventions to Create Smoke-Free Home Policies in Low-Income Households

University of Illinois at Chicago
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sherry Emery
Study: Tobacco Control in a Rapidly Changing Media Environment

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Principal Investigators: Dr. Kurt Ribisl, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Dr. Doug Luke, Washington University in St. Louis; Dr. Lisa Henriksen, Stanford Prevention Research Center
Study: Maximizing State and Local Policies to Restrict Tobacco Marketing at Point of Sale

University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Health Research and Policy
Principal Investigator: Dr. Frank Chaloupka
Study: Monitoring and Assessing the Impact of Tax and Price Policies on U.S. Tobacco Use

NCI Tobacco Control Monograph Series – volumes 1, 3, 6, 11, 12, 16, 17, and 19 are especially relevant to state and community research.

Archived Initiatives
Tobacco Research Initiative for State and Community Interventions (TRISCI)

American Stop Smoking Intervention Study (ASSIST)

Last Updated: April 13, 2015

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