Evaluating the consequences of the national tobacco quitline network on state quitlines and tobacco control programs

The Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program was designed to provide support for investigators to conduct policy research on a variety of subjects directed at helping the country reduce the harm caused by substance abuse.In the Fall of 2004, the National Smoking Cessation Quitline Network was implemented based on a recommendation from the Subcommittee on Cessation of the Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health. This initiative provided grants to states to enhance quitline services and to establish quitlines where none exist, as well as established a single, nationwide, toll-free access number to bring state quitlines together as a network. States and the tobacco control community widely praised this action; yet concerns were raised about the modest financial investment in this service ($25 million per year), the source of funding for this initiative, and the impact of this initiative on existing state tobacco control funding and state quitline funding. This project will evaluate the intermediate and long-term consequences of this new federal policy initiative on existing state quitlines and state tobacco control programs by collecting and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative surveys of the 50 states will be conducted annually for three years to permit a longitudinal analysis of the effect of this new federal policy initiative on both state quitlines and state tobacco control programs and funding. This survey data will be compared to baseline and one-year, post-implementation data collected in 2004 and 2005. Comparative case studies will be developed for 8-10 purposively selected states to describe state level decision-making regarding quitlines and tobacco control funding, and will elicit data regarding the environmental factors at the state level that affect these policy decisions. The qualitative case study data will be compared to previous comparative case studies completed in 2005.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $400,000.00

Awarded on: 6/17/2005

Time frame: 3/1/2006 - 3/31/2010

Grant Number: 53133


University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Avenue
Madison, 53705-2221


Michael C. Fiore
Project Director