Tobacco Control Unit
Smoking cigarettes accounts for 1 of every 5 mortalities, making it the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. However, the effects of secondhand smoke (SHS), while substantial, are not as commonly recognized. SHS contains at least 43 carcinogenic chemicals, and diseases acquired through exposure to ETS account for over 53,000 deaths of nonsmokers each year. Risks of SHS include but are not limited to increased risk among nonsmokers for lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory illness.
The purpose of this unit is to provide objective, timely data to inform programmatic and policy decisions regarding tobacco control. We apply scientific methods to collect and analyze data on social issues relating to tobacco.
The goals of the Mississippi Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program are to reduce initiation of tobacco use among youth, promote tobacco cessation among youth and adults and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke and reduce disparities among specific populations.
This workgroup provides surveillance and evaluation services for the Mississippi Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program. As the primary contractor, the Social Science Research Center partners with evaluation experts from the University of Southern Mississippi and media tracking experts at Southern Research Group to form a surveillance and evaluation workgroup.
Although comprehensive tobacco control programs have moved toward logic models that incorporate political and social intermediate objectives such as smoke-free worksites, tobacco control planning and evaluation has been hampered by the lack of timely, comprehensive data about the attitudes and practices of U.S. adults.
The Social Climate Survey of Tobacco Control (SCS-TC) was developed as a methodology to objectively measure the fundamental position of tobacco control in society and thereby provide a data collection system to monitor program impacts. The survey includes items to measure progress toward intermediate objectives such as policy changes, changes in social norms, reductions in exposure of individuals to environmental tobacco smoke and rejection of pro-tobacco influences.