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    Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch
    DSHS Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    1100 West 49th Street, Mail Code 1965
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7111
    Fax: (512) 776-7555

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Texas Tobacco Prevention Initiative Evaluation and Surveillance Team

Texas Tobacco Prevention Initiative

Additional Reading:

Texas Tobacco Prevention Initiative Infrastructure and Baseline Data January 2001 (PDF file, 19 mb, viewing information) Publication Number: E16-11186

This report details the initial development and execution of the Texas Tobacco Prevention Initiative. This pilot study, evaluating the impact of a comprehensive tobacco program in Texas, involved nearly 400 contractors and collaborating partners in East Texas and Houston.

Progress on Achieving Texas Tobacco Reduction Goals: A Report to the 78th Legislature (PDF file, 18 kb)
Publication Number: E16-11830
Texas Tobacco Prevention Initiative

Researchers from six academic institutions of higher learning work in partnership with tobacco prevention and control staff at DSHS to accomplish statewide tobacco prevention goals.

This tobacco evaluation and surveillance team was formed to help plan and evaluate the Texas Tobacco Prevention Initiative, a pilot study requested by the Texas Legislature to determine effectiveness of tobacco prevention efforts in Southeast Texas prior to statewide implementation.

Team members are listed below by organization.

Texas Department of State Health Services - Tobacco Prevention and Control

Principal Investigator:

Philip Huang, M.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information:

Health Promotion Unit
Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756
(512) 458-7200

Evaluation Activities:
  • Texas Youth Tobacco Survey
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Web Site: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/tobacco

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The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

Principal Investigator:

Nell H. Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Contact Information:


Evaluation Activities:
  • Applied research on tobacco control in communities and the 18-24 year old population
  • Evaluation planning┬á
Web Site: http://www.uttobacco.org/

The University of Houston
Department of Health and Human Performance

Principal Investigator:

Phyllis Gingiss, Dr.P.H.

Contact Information:


Evaluation Activities:
  • School and community infrastructure development
  • Policy tracking and analysis
Web Site: http://www.uh.edu/hnets/Tobacco.html

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The University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston
Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research

Principal Investigator:

Alfred McAlister, Dr. P.H.

Contact Information:

7000 Fannin
Houston, Texas 77030
(713) 500-9689

Evaluation Activities:
  • Sentinel school and community outcome evaluation
  • Health care provider surveys
  • Adult tobacco survey
  • Formative evaluation
  • High school tobacco cessation program
  • Programs for 18-24 year old population
Web Site: https://sph.uth.edu/research/centers/chppr/

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Prairie View A&M University
College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 4017
Prairie View, Texas 77446-4017

Evaluation Activities:
  • Retailer enforcement
  • Law enforcement officer & judiciary surveys
Web Site: http://www.pvamu.edu/cojjp/

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Baylor College of Medicine
Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Research Center

Principal Investigator:

Luis Velez, M.D.

Contact Information:

6655 Travis #322
Houston, Texas 77030
(713) 798-4184

Evaluation Activities:
  • Media gatekeeper monitoring and formative evaluation of media messages
  • Tobacco sales data.
Web Site:


Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health

Principal Investigator:

Brian Colwell, Ph.D.

Contact Information:

School of Rural Public Health
1266 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-1266
(979) 845-2387

Evaluation Activities:
  • Formative evaluation of Youth Tobacco Awareness Cessation Program
Web Site: https://www.tamhsc.edu/
Last updated December 14, 2016