Despite significant progress in reducing the prevalence of smoking in the United States, smoking continues to represent a major threat to public health. In addition, decreases in smoking have not been consistent across the population and marked disparities exist with smoking prevalence continuing to remain high among certain populations. The Tobacco Control Research Branch supports research on the etiology of tobacco use and a broad range of behavioral & pharmacological interventions.
TCRB Grants Awarded in Response to an NIH Funding Opportunity
Click the links below to view a list of grants funded in response to the RFA, “Improving Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Interventions and Programs in Low Income Adult Populations.” These grants are funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
View all Tobacco Control Funding Opportunities.
The Smokefree.gov Web site offers a variety of tools designed to help people quit smoking. Site features include an online step-by-step cessation guide, phone numbers for telephone support, a link to instant messaging with NCI counselors, facts about quitting and smoking, and self-help materials with links for downloading or ordering. Smokefree.gov was developed by NCI and received assistance from CDC. The site is free to the public.
Smokefree Women is an extension of Smokefree.gov. It is intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking. The site offers a special focus on topics important to women. The information and professional assistance available on the Web site can help to support both your immediate and long-term needs as you become, and remain, a nonsmoker. The Web site also contains an interactive feature with Facebook to cultivate an online support community for women trying to quit. The Facebook group, Smokefree Women, will contain a number of social encouragement applications and allow "fans" to share the quit resources with other women.
Smokefree Teen Smokefree Teen is a teen-oriented smoking cessation program and provides teens who smoke with evidence informed resources. The initiative is comprised of four core components: Teen.Smokefree.gov; SmokefreeTXT, a text message based intervention; QuitSTART, an interactive quit tracking application that features games to play during cravings; and Smokefree Teen branded social media pages on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Many of these components use mobile technology given teens’ unique usage patterns of emerging mobile technologies, social media, and text messaging. The use of text messaging to deliver cessation treatment is seen as a core feature of the teen site.
Smokefree.gov en Español Smokefree Español is a website featuring evidence-based smoking cessation information and interactive tools designed for Spanish speakers in the United States. SmokefreeTXT en Español is one of the major features of the new website which provides smoking cessation tips, information, and support in Spanish. Users can enroll in the free text messaging service by signing up online or by texting the word LIBRE to 47848. SmokefreeTXT en Español provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help Spanish-speaking smokers quit.
The North American Quitline Consortium is a state/federal partnership that provides tobacco users in every state with access to the tools and resources they need to quit smoking, ensuring the highest level of assistance to tobacco users who want to quit. The new toll-free number 1-800 QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) serves as a single point of access to state-based quitlines. TCRB has played a critical role in the development of the National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines and helped facilitate $13 million in funding to the Cancer Information Service (CIS), which is the lead organization within NCI on this initiative. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners were key collaborators on this initiative.
National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Statement on Tobacco Use (PDF), special issue in the American Journal of Preventive Health Medicine, December 2007
Quitting Smoking Is Easier With Help , supplement published by Tobacco Control, December 2007
PHS Clinical Practice Guideline - Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2008 Update (PDF), May 2008
A comprehensive document, this guideline contains evidence-based strategies and recommendations designed to assist clinicians, tobacco dependence treatment specialists, and others in delivering and supporting effective treatments for tobacco use and dependence.