Formulating sound cancer control policies depends on a variety of scientific, economic, social, and political forces. Bridging the gap between researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers often adds another layer of complexity to this endeavor. NCI’s Research to Reality is delighted therefore to bring together the researchers behind a tobacco control policy stimulation tool and the leaders of the successful Hawaii21 tobacco control campaign.
The Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) recently released the Tobacco Control Policy tool (http://tobaccopolicyeffects.org). With this tool, decision-makers and health professionals can interactively examine the effects of different tobacco control policies. The estimates were derived from simulations of over 2,200 policy scenarios, with 30 million people per scenario, and calibrated for each state and Washington, DC.
On January 1, 2016, Hawai‘i became the first state in the nation to raise the legal age to purchase or consume tobacco products to 21. With 95% of all tobacco users beginning while under 21 years of age, this new law is expected to have real impact on youth smoking rates. It also could impact youth use of electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes), which are included under a second law. Teams leads from Hawai‘I’s Tobacco21 campaign will showcase Hawaii's tobacco control policy efforts, leading to the passage of SB1030.
The final part of our session, as always, is dedicated to your questions and sharing. We particularly invite you to share your strategies in moving evidence-based programs into practice!