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About the Toolkit

High rates of smoking in the United States expose more than 88 million people to secondhand smoke on a regular basis. Despite all the evidence detailing the dangers of tobacco use, teens and young adults continue to smoke at very high rates in the United States. More than 3 million middle and high school students smoke cigarettes and more and more young people are turning to flavored tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

CADCA’s Tobacco Use Prevention Toolkit is designed to provide coalitions and drug prevention practitioners with strategies and ideas they can implement to prevent and reduce tobacco use in their communities. Most of the toolkit’s content is based on an environmental approach, with strategies aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems and policies. Grounded in the field of public health, environmental strategies offer well-accepted prevention approaches that coalitions can use to change the context (or environment) in which tobacco use occurs.

The toolkit’s Tobacco Use Prevention Strategies are based on CADCA’s 7 Strategies for Effective Community Change. Other components of the toolkit include fact sheets, success stories, and several helpful tools such as a sample logic model, a sample smoke-free ordinance and sample intervention maps.

How to Use the Toolkit

CADCA’s online Tobacco Use Prevention Toolkit provides strategies that coalitions can use to prevent and reduce tobacco use in their communities. The toolkit uses as its basis CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change, providing actions and strategies coalitions can use for each of the seven steps to achieve community change.

To use the toolkit effectively, first develop your logic model using the Sample Logic Model. Then refer to the Tobacco Use Prevention Strategies to identify strategies that are most appropriate for the specific problems your community is facing. To further help you plan your activities, we’ve provided Sample Intervention Maps located in the Facts & Tools section of the Toolkit. The Sample Intervention Maps will help you craft your plan of action depending on the root causes of your community’s tobacco use problems and the local conditions in your community.

The toolkit also includes other helpful materials and templates that your coalition can use to develop and implement tobacco use prevention strategies and interventions.  For example, under Facts & Tools, you’ll find several resources, such as a fact sheet on tobacco use rates, a sample Smoke-Free Ordinance, Tips on How to Conduct a Community Assessment on Tobacco Issues and a Checklist of Policy Indicators for Tobacco Use.

We’ve also included an interactive widget that you can place on your Facebook page, website or e-mail signature to educate your visitors and followers about tobacco use and connect your community to useful tobacco use prevention tools.