Created by the Ohio General Assembly in 2000, TUPCF was funded with monies secured from the national Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between tobacco companies and 46 states.
TUPCF is charged with reducing tobacco use among Ohioans, with an emphasis on youth, minority and regional populations; pregnant women; and others who may be disproportionately affected by the use of tobacco. TUPCF programs include the distribution of community grants; Ohio's tobacco use counter-marketing campaign (stand); and, the free Ohio Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW).
The CASE-based research and evaluation center will work with more than 60 community organizations across the state that have received over $12 million annually in TUPCF funding to provide prevention and cessation programming and to encourage tobacco policy change throughout their communities. The Center's work will involve the development of a statewide evaluation plan with a centralized data collection system and developing resources and tools for building local capacity in program evaluation. In addition, the Center will be responsible for analyzing trends in regional and statewide youth and adult tobacco surveillance data, as well as changes in local clean indoor air policies.
"We are very excited about this opportunity to work with TUPCF on this important public health issue to reduce tobacco use throughout Ohio," states Dr. Elaine Borawski, director of the Center for Health Promotion Research and principal investigator of the new
Contact: Susan Griffith
Case Western Reserve University