South Carolina Tobacco-free State Plan
Working with stakeholder partners throughout the state, we lead the process for developing and evaluating the state plan for tobacco control work in South Carolina. As of September 2020, we are conducting the final evaluation of the 2015-2020 plan and beginning the process for developing the new 2021-2026 state plan.
We began a partnership in 2016 with South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) to address tobacco issues at the Point of Sale (POS). POS refers to any location where tobacco and/or alcohol products are advertised, displayed, or purchased. Historically, POS is where the tobacco industry spends most of their marketing dollars. Marketing and tobacco sales have a significant impact on youth tobacco use, disparities in tobacco use rates and quit attempts.
As of May 2020, four cohorts representing 45 of the 46 counties across South Carolina have conducted in-store assessments on tobacco products for sale, price points, and marketing. All of the cohorts completed a mapping process showing how many tobacco retailers exist in different neighborhoods and how close they are to schools and parks. Documenting the problem at a local level allows local coalitions and community groups to formulate
policy solutions, raise community awareness, and engage decision makers in implementing and enforcing local
statutes on tobacco use and sales.
SC CAN Quit
A team of experts is working with cancer centers throughout the state to encourage the adoption of a tobacco cessation policy as standard of care for all SC cancer centers. The aim is to assure that every patient is
1) screened for tobacco use, 2) advised to quit if they are a smoker, 3) entered into evidence-based tobacco cessation services or programs, and 4) receives follow up regarding quitting efforts.
Our primary project partners are the Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina Cancer Center, South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control, and the University of South Carolina.
View CAN Quit Project Summary.
Youth Vaping Prevention
In early 2021, we will be launching Vape Talk, a series of education programs aimed at parents of teens and pre-teens. The Vape Talk program will inform parents of vital information about the dangerous consequences of youth vaping and offer constructive ways for parents to talk their kids about vaping. Our virtual, and eventually in-person programs, will be facilitated by volunteers from the public health community throughout South Carolina.
We host a statewide conference every May on a significant topic of interest for tobacco control and other public health stakeholders. View Summit website.
Stakeholder Support & Policy Advocacy
We are available as a resource for local and state level advocates and policy-makers throughout SC to learn about best practices for reducing smoking and tobacco use.
We also serve as a central resource for model policies that are useful to coalitions and other groups working on change in their local communities.