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Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs: A Review and Synthesis of Evaluation Strategies in the United States

This review examines what several U.S. jurisdictions are doing with respect to evaluating comprehensive tobacco control programs. We found that California and Massachusetts led the way both in tobacco control and in evaluating their efforts at tobacco control. The relatively stable and long-term funding that these two states have enjoyed has allowed them to implement truly comprehensive programs. Their programs, including their evaluation components, have been models for other jurisdictions to follow. Although the next generation of tobacco control programs are in their infancy (e.g., Florida), the evaluation of these programs appear to be just as promising. On the basis of our review of evaluation activity in these and other states, we begin to have a frame of reference for evaluating tobacco control in Ontario. [from executive summary]