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State and Local Tobacco Control Policy Research

Advance the ability of state agencies, legislative and regulatory bodies and local communities throughout California to evaluate, understand and implement science-informed tobacco control polices.

The tobacco control policy landscape continues to change rapidly in the U.S. and globally. The following topical ideas are responsive to this priority area:

  • Downstream effects from California’s changing tobacco control policy landscape.
  • Menthol and flavored tobacco regulation.
  • Countering tobacco industry marketing and corporate social responsibility efforts.
  • Protecting youth from tobacco and cannabis exposure.
  • Tobacco control policy interactions with cannabis control policy.
  • Tobacco cessation treatment research that directly informs healthcare policy enhancements and sustainable systems change at the clinic, local and/or state level.

Examples of relevant research topics

Examples of relevant research topics

Downstream effects from California’s tobacco control and cannabis policy landscape

  • Intended and unintended consequences of the state tobacco laws passed in 2016, including Proposition 56.
  • Retailer knowledge and compliance with new laws.
  • Characterizing effective policy approaches that support stronger local tobacco control ordinances.
  • Changes to the tobacco and vapor retail environment in response to recent California laws.
  • Policy impacts on narrowing or widening health disparities.
  • Extent to which end-game strategies can reduce tobacco-related disparities.

Menthol and flavored tobacco regulation

  • Research to evaluate local ordinances regulating menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco.
  • Strategies to build support for minimum price and unit packaging.
  • Strategies to strengthen local regulation and accurate labeling of chemical constituents in flavored e-juices/e-liquids.

Cessation treatment research that enhances healthcare policy and systems change

  • Advancing ehealth and mHealth interventions for tobacco treatment and healthcare policy.
  • Studies that examine basic minimum income as a cessation mechanism.
  • Studies of tobacco treatment in locations such as pharmacies.
  • Testing enhanced smoking cessation treatment in healthcare settings.
  • Research to understand cut-down-to-quit as a treatment for smoking.
  • Cost benefit analyses of multiple NRT treatments for cessation.

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