Surveillance and Evaluation Data Resources for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programsby Sue Lin Yee, Michael Schooley
In many areas of health promotion and disease prevention, the behavior of populations has been difficult to track.
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Surveillance of tobacco use and evaluation of tobacco control programs are two keys to the success in reducing the prevalence of smoking since the U.S. Surgeon General first publicized the adverse consequences of tobacco use in a 1964 report.
In many areas of health promotion and disease prevention, the behavior of populations has been difficult to track. However, trends in tobacco use have been known since the beginning of the 20th century. Tobacco use rose inexorably from 1900 to 1965, declining only during the early years of the great depression and other economic downturns. These declines gave the first clue that pricing and taxing could significantly affect tobacco use. But price is not the only factor that affects tobacco use. The nonsmokers’ rights movement and the Surgeon General’s Report on the health hazards associated with secondhand tobacco smoke—as well as a doubling in the federal cigarette tax—all contributed to a decline in tobacco use that began in the mid-1970s.
This compilation of data sources for tobacco control programs is useful for tobacco control programs that are conducting surveillance or evaluation.
Data sources are organized under major categories—
-National and state surveys and tools
-Registries and vital statistics
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