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Journal supplement features Oklahoma's promising strategies to reduce tobacco use

The January 2015 supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, “Best Practices, Research, and Relationships—Oklahoma’s Investment in Tobacco Control,” spotlights the state’s investments in community engagement, cessation initiatives, and health communication and prevention research. The publication was supported by the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC) with funding from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and logistical support from the Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance.

As noted in the introduction to the publication, “states are spending only 5% of annual MSA payments to operate comprehensive, statewide, tobacco prevention and control programs, with wide variability across states. Oklahoma now ranks seventh in the nation for tobacco control funding and stands as one of the few bright spots in an increasingly bleak tobacco control funding landscape.” This supplement illustrates how this funding has resulted in Oklahoma’s many unique contributions to tobacco control through programs, policies, and research. It also serves to disseminate useful information on tobacco control research and implementation of best and promising practices to other states and communities.

Congratulations to OTRC and TSET on the publication of this important supplement!

To learn more, read the press release or view the supplement open access on the American Journal of Preventive Medicine website.