In October 1998, The Texas Inter-Agency Tobacco Task Force developed a plan to use tobacco settlement funds to effectively address tobacco prevention and control in Texas. The plan was built on evidence-based practices. In June 2002, as a follow-up to the original task force plan, the Texas Department of Health (currently Texas Department of State Health Services) organized a team of tobacco control experts from local, regional and state levels to develop a five-year Tobacco Prevention and Control Strategic Plan.
In the spring of 2007, a workgroup consisting of tobacco prevention and control program staff, other DSHS staff members, and stakeholders from partner organizations met to review and offer input for an updated plan regarding the DSHS Tobacco Prevention and Control Strategic Plan for 2008-2013.
The plan provides a framework for goals and progress over the next five years. It was written to reflect changes and progress in the tobacco prevention and control program, including its integration with the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division, past success in tobacco control efforts, and recent legislative measures that have significant impact on the program’s operations.
Goals, strategies, and measures to guide the program’s work for 2008-2013 include the following:
- Prevent tobacco use among young people.
- Promote compliance and support adequate enforcement of federal, state and local tobacco laws.
- Increase cessation among young people and adults.
- Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Reduce tobacco use among populations with the highest burden of tobacco-related health disparities.
- Develop and maintain statewide capacity for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control.