Informing Tobacco-Control Stakeholders of Key State and Federal Policy Developments and Trends

From 2006 through 2008, the American Lung Association expanded its various efforts to inform stakeholders in the tobacco-control community of key state and federal policy developments and trends.

Since 1996, the association has published the State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues (SLATI) print guide, which it expanded in 2000 with an online database of all tobacco-related state laws in the United States. The association also has produced Tobacco Trend Alerts, policy briefs for researchers, policy-makers, the media and tobacco-control advocates, as well as other publications.

Key Results

  • Project staff updated the SLATI website to ease access to the online database of tobacco-related state laws and modified the site's name to Tobacco Policy Project/State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues (SLATI). Staff regularly updated the online database as new tobacco-control legislation took effect.
    • The changes were designed to make the SLATI website more interactive so as to enhance policy analysis and improve the ability to track trends.
    • The modifications were made based on recommendations from a 2007 survey of website users and an advisory committee of tobacco-control experts.
    • Between 2006 and 2008, the number of visitors to the website grew from about 50,000 to 100,000.
  • Staff published and distributed annual and midterm print editions of the SLATI database report, providing a snapshot of tobacco-control laws for each calendar year. An electronic version was available for download.
  • The project team compiled and distributed the monthly Tobacco Control Tribune, a summary of state, federal and local actions on smoke-free air, tobacco taxes, tobacco funding and other issues.
    • From 2007 to 2009, subscriptions increased from approximately 25,100 to 34,400.
  • Staff produced several Tobacco Policy Trend Alerts, e-newsletters to alert the community of new tobacco policy trends and solutions. Alerts included:
    • Alcohol-Flavored Cigarettes—Continuing the Flavored Cigarette Trend, May 2006.
    • From Joe Camel to Kauai Kolada: The Marketing of Candy-Flavored Cigarettes, updated May 2006.
    • An Emerging Deadly Trend: Waterpipe Tobacco Use, February 2007.