July 2004

Grant Results

SUMMARY

In 2001, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Middleton, Wis., working in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), unveiled a Web-based database on tobacco dependence treatment.

The society, an international non-profit organization whose mission is to stimulate the generation of new knowledge on nicotine and addiction, contracted with MediTech Media in London to develop and manage a Web site on tobacco dependence treatment.

Key Results

  • The Web site serves as an evidence-based Internet resource for researchers, policy makers and practitioners working in the field of tobacco dependence treatment.

    Information on the Web site is organized into five subject areas:
    • Efficacy.
    • Safety.
    • Demographics and health effects.
    • Health economics.
    • Policy.

    Within these areas, the site provides key findings and recommendations, areas for further study, and a downloadable PowerPoint slide kit.

    The site also offers links to other relevant reports and Web sites. The information is intended for researchers, policymakers and program implementers around the world.

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided a grant of $226,800 to develop and maintain the database from December 2001 through June 2003.

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RWJF STRATEGY

RWJF has funded many research projects on tobacco cessation under two national programs, Tobacco Policy Research and Evaluation Program (see Grant Results) and the Substance Abuse Policy Research Program (see Grant Results and www.saprp.org).

It has also funded tobacco cessation programs at managed care organizations in the program Addressing Tobacco in Managed Care (for more information see Grant Results), and a multi-component strategy to improve current clinical practice and advance the field into the next generation of smoking cessation techniques for childbearing women, in the program Smoke-Free Families: Innovations to Stop Smoking During and Beyond Pregnancy (see Grant Results). RWJF also started the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center to work with a variety of health professional organizations and institutions to increase their motivation and capability to refer smokers into treatment.

In response to requests from tobacco cessation experts to RWJF and to grantees for a credible, single source of information, RWJF funded the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco database in part as a way to disseminate the results of much of the research it had funded over the years.

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THE PROJECT

The society, an international non-profit organization whose mission is to stimulate the generation of new knowledge on nicotine and addiction, contracted with MediTech Media in London to develop and manage a Web site on tobacco dependence treatment.

Content for the site came from leaders in the field of tobacco dependence treatment. The Cochrane Collaboration, for example, contributed content on treatment efficacy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on demographics and health effects, and the World Bank on health economics. (See Appendix 2 for a full list of members of the steering committee and contributors.)

Information on the Web site is organized into five subject areas:

  • Efficacy.
  • Safety.
  • Demographics and health effects.
  • Health economics.
  • Policy.

Within these areas, the site provides key findings and recommendations, areas for further study, and a downloadable PowerPoint slide kit. The site also offers links to other relevant reports and Web sites. The information is intended for researchers, policymakers and program implementers around the world. Executive summaries are available in English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Arabic. The database is updated at least twice each year.

Communications

To create awareness of the Web site among potential users, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and the World Health Organization have held exhibits and conducted workshops or made presentations at many global conferences on tobacco and health. For example, they have marketed the Web site at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in 2000, 2002 and 2003; at the 2001 and 2002 meetings of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco; and at the European Society for Research on Nicotine and Health in 2001 and 2002.

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LESSONS LEARNED

The project generated the following lessons:

  1. It is important to allocate funds for paying a large enough staff to assure momentum and timeliness of data preparation. The time and resources required to gather and format information were greater than expected and there were not enough people on staff. (Project Director)
  2. Peer-reviewed teaching tools have proved to be one of the most valuable components of the database. For example, users find the PowerPoint slides, which they can download, to be helpful when making presentations. (Project Director)

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AFTER THE GRANT

The Society is seeking funding from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Drug Abuse for continuation of the Web site. It is actively promoting the site at conferences in 2004 through exhibits, presentations and workshops. The steering committee for www.treatobacco.net has convened a focus group of representatives from China, several African nations, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela to suggest ways the site can better meet the needs of developing countries. A questionnaire has been added to the Web site to obtain evaluation and feedback.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Web-based Database for Tobacco Dependence Treatment

Grantee

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (Middleton,  WI)

  • Amount: $ 226,800
    Dates: December 2001 to June 2003
    ID#:  042510

Contact

Dorothy K. Hatsukami, Ph.D.
(612) 627-1808
hatsu001@mum.edu

Web Site

http://www.treatobacco.net

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APPENDICES


Appendix 1

(Current as of the time of the grant; provided by the grantee organization; not verified by RWJF.)

Other Funders

From 2000 to December 2002, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco received support from the following organizations in addition to RWJF:

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (USA), $25,000
  • National Cancer Institute (USA), $24,750
  • Pharmacia (now Pfizer), $25,000
  • Novartis Consumer Health, $25,000
  • GlaxoSmithKline, $20,000
  • American Cancer Society (USA), $2,500


Appendix 2

(Current as of the time of the grant; provided by the grantee organization; not verified by RWJF.)

Steering Committee and Contributors

Management team

Co-chair on behalf of Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Dorothy Hatsukami
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minn.

Co-chairs on behalf of World Health Organization
Annemieke Brands
World Health Organization
Geneva, Switzerland

Natasha Herrera
Centro Médico Docente la Trinidad
Caracas, Venezuela

Project Manager
Martin Raw
University of London
London, U.K.

Project Management Company
Caroline Howe and Stuart Gilbert
MediTech Media
London, U.K.

Section Heads of Database Content Areas

Efficacy
Chair:
Lindsay Stead
The Cochrane Collaboration
Oxford, U.K.

Members
Michael Fiore
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wis.

Robert West
University College London
London, U.K.

Martin Raw
University of London
London, U.K.

Safety
Chair:
Neal Benowitz
University of California at San Francisco
San Francisco, Calif.

Members
John Hughes
University of Vermont
Burlington, Vt.

Carolyn Dresler
GlaxoSmithKline
Parsippany, N.J.

Steve S. Hecht
University of Minnesota Cancer Center
Minneapolis, Minn.

Anne M. Joseph
Veterans Administration Medical Center
Minneapolis, Minn.

Cheryl Oncken
University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, Conn.

Maxine Stitzer
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, Md.

Demographics and Health Effects
Chair:
Corinne Husten
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Ga.

Members
Peter Anderson
Independent Consultant on Public Health
Nijmegen, Netherlands

Mary-Jane Ashley
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Micah Milton
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Ga.

Linda Pederson
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Ga.

Jonathan Samet
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, Md.

Donald Sharp
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Ga.

Michael Thun
American Cancer Society
Atlanta, Ga.

Health Economics
Chair:
Hana Ross
University of Illinois
Chicago, Ill.

Members
Frank Chaloupka
University of Illinois
Chicago, Ill.

Christine Godfrey
University of York
York, U.K.

Ken Warner
School of Public Health
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Ayda Yurekli
World Bank
Washington, D.C.

Trevor Woollery
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Ga.

Policy
Chair:
Ann McNeill
University of London
London, U.K.

Members
Peter Anderson
Queensland University of Technology
School of Public Health
Brisbane, Australia

Mike Cummings
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, N.Y.

Joe Gitchell
Pinney Associates
Bethesda, Md.

Natasha Herrera
Centro Médico Docente la Trinidad
Venezuela

Tai-Hing Lam
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Martin Raw
University of London
London, U.K.

David Sweanor
Smoking and Health Action Foundation
Ottawa, Canada

Editorial Board
Chair:
Ron Davis
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, Mich.

Deputy Chair: Maxine Stitzer
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, Md.

Deputy Chair: Jack Henningfield
Pinney Associates
Bethesda, Md.

Members
Karl Fagerström
Fagerström Consulting
Helsingborg, Sweden

Nigel Gray
European Institute of Oncology
Milan, Italy

Peter Hajek, Head
Queen Mary's School Of Medicine and Dentistry, Barts and The London
London, U.K.

Ronaldo Laranjeira
Universidade Federal de São Paulo Escola Paulista de Medicina
São Paulo, Brazil

Yumiko Mochizuki-Kobayashi
National Institute of Public Health
Tokyo, Japan

Montezuma Pimenta Ferreira
University of São Paulo School of Medicine
São Paulo, Brazil

Robyn Richmond
University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

Saul Shiffman
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Phillip Tønnesen
Gentofte University Hospital
Copenhagen, Denmark

Robert West
University College London
London, U.K.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

World Wide Web Sites

www.treatobacco.net is an evidence-based Internet database on tobacco dependence treatment. Middleton, Wis.: Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2001.

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Report prepared by: Nanci Healy
Reviewed by: Robert Narus
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Michele Larkin
Program Officer: Tracy Orleans