This reference material was created in 1997, well before the Internet was as popular and as easy as it is these days (Oct. 2005 - date I reposted this information).  Heck, cell phone calls were still expensive and forget about thinking that the new blackberry can show the internet on a phone (2005).  This information was located on the Seton Hall University, N.J. web site until 2003 where I did work for some 13 years. 

This information was collected and presented for a state grant a professor received at that time. Creating a web page was really high tech at that time.  Having Internet access was even a rarity then.  On a whim I decided to "Google" my old login name and found hundreds of links to this page for these sites on the Seton Hall University web site.  The site was under my old employment name, but this site was removed  (we, they were quite advance way back in 1997 !).   

My sister's passing many years ago due to smoking was my initial reason for helping to post this information, as I worked well beyond the hours allotted by the grant.  Since there continues to be some hundreds of links to this information, I am posting it again on my personal site. 

I created these HTML pages with Netscape Composer, the only thing available at the time !
Now using MS Expressions :)
A Seton Hall College of Nursing professor collected and created the documentation, I created the pages and links.  Please remember, the date is 1997 when the addresses, pricing and phone numbers were first posted.

I have been asked a number of times to add to this information.  Additional links are below with hopefully new or diverse information.  Yes, you can be bullied into drugs (smoking, drugs) as well as other dangerous habits.

LINKS - added by requests from groups / associations / student projects
Great list for resources

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Welcome to American Stop Smoking Intervention (ASSIST) Home Page


- - - - items below last update 7-23-1997- - - -
(Prez Clinton's second term - Princess Di was killed)

Click on these subjects for more information:
Background and Purpose NJ Smoking Cessation Resource Guide
Objectives Educational Resources- Risk Populations
ASSIST Intervention Children & Teenagers
Impact of ASSIST Women & Minorities
Time Line
Funded Sites

Addiction- Understanding Nicotine Economic Costs of Tobacco
Educational Resources Environmental Tobacco Smoke
Internet Resources School Programs to Prevent Tobacco Usage
Media and Advertising in Tobacco
Smoke Free Communities Smoke Free Dining
STAKE- Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Kit
Tobacco Facts
Work Place: Establishing Tobacco Control Policies
Women and Girls Against Tobacco

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: ASSIST represents a collaborative effort between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society (ACS), along with state and local health departments and other voluntary organizations to develop comprehensive tobacco control programs in 17 states. Its purpose is to demonstrate that the wide-spread, coordinated application of the best available strategies to prevent and control tobacco use will significantly accelerate the current downward trend in smoking and tobacco use. The result is a substantial reduction in the number and rate of tobacco-related cancers in the United States. The ASSIST intervention model is based on proven smoking prevention and control methods developed within the NCI's intervention trials and other smoking and behavioral research.

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OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of ASSIST is to demonstrate and evaluate ways to accelerate the decline in smoking prevalence in all 17 ASSIST states, reducing the rate by 43% by the year 2000. In order to achieve change of this magnitude, ASSIST interventions will be implemented in ways that will affect the greatest number of smokers and potential smokers, placing special emphasis on blue collar workers, women, ethnic minorities, and youth.

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ASSIST INTERVENTION: ASSIST is a community-based intervention directed by state and local volunteer coalitions which plan and implement tobacco control activities. Through ASSIST, media and policy advocacy interventions will be directed at the community using the health care system, schools, worksites, and other community channels. Broad, sweeping changes in policies that regulate where tobacco can be used are key to changing tile social environment. Public support for tobacco control policies can be strengthened by using the media and media advocacy techniques to increase coverage of these issues and to reinforce the emerging non-smoking norm. Interventions involving policy and media create a demand for program services by community providers. With the exception of training health care providers to deliver brief cessation counseling, ASSIST promotes but does not provide funds to develop or provide program services. Instead, it will mobilize and activate community resources for smoking prevention and cessation. For example, the ACS will provide support with educational materials, and the efforts of an active network of more than 800,000 volunteers and 1,000 local units in the 17 ASSIST sites. Tile focus on policy and media advocacy rather than on program ser-vices will allow limited resources to be allocated to those interventions that have the greatest potential for reducing smoking prevalence in ASSIST sites.

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IMPACT OF ASSIST. Ninety-one million Americans from across the country, including 18 million smokers, will be reached by ASSIST. More than 4.5 million extra adults will quit smoking and 2 million adolescents will be prevented from becoming addicted. Overall, it is expected that 1.2 million premature deaths will be averted, including, 422,000 deaths from lung cancer.

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TIMELINE: Seventeen state health departments are funded through the contract mechanism for a 24 month planning period which began in September 1991 (Phase 1). The five year intervention phase will begin September of 1993 and continue through 1998 (Phase 11).

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FUNDED SITES: Contracts were awarded to public health departments in: Colorado, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Total awards to states over the 7-year period are $114.5 million. The ACS will support ASSIST with a matching 15% contribution of the total contract funding in each ASSIST site.

Educational Resources for Risk Populations

    -- Children --

  1. "Children and Tobacco"

    Author: Coalition on Smoking and Health

  2. Campaign for Tobacco - Free Kids

    Source: National Center for Tobacco Free Kids

  3. "Reducing Children's Use of Tobacco"

    Source:DHHS Press Release

  4. STAKE: Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Kit

    Source: California Department of Health Services

    • Tips for Owners/Managers
    • Tips for Clerks
    • Information Kit
  5. Opportunities for Tobacco Prevention Discussion

    New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services and the Smoke Free NH Alliance

    -- Teenagers --

    1. Targeting Teens - the Tobacco Industry Advertising Strategies"

      Author: Navada Tobacco Prevention Coalition

    2. "Facts on Adolescent Smoking"

      Author: General sources listed in publication

      -- Women --

      1. "Smoking and low birth weights"

        Author: HHS news release or view theSmoked or Weight graphs

      2. Starategic Colition of Girls and Women United Against Tobacco

      3. -- Minorities --

        1. "African Americans and Smoking"

          Author: Office on Smoking & Health

        2. "Report of Tobacco Policy Research Group on Marketing and Promotions Targeted at African Americans, Latinos, and Women"

          Author: Tobacco Control, 1992 1 (suppl), s24 - s30

          Addiction - Understanding Nicotine

          FDA Regulations

            Economic Costs of Tobacco

        3. The real cost of Marlboro Gear and Camel Cash Goods

          Author: California Tobacco Tax Initiative

        4. "The Human Cost of Tobacco Use"

          Author: McKenzie, Bartecchi, Schrier (1994) The New England Journal of Medicine, 330(14), 975-980

      Educational Resources
    1. Media Campaign Resource Center forTobacco Control
    2. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Media Resource Guide on Tobacco
    3. CDC Tobacco Use Prevention Program: Working Toward a Healthier Future
    4. Tobacco Education Clearing House of California Tobacco Education Materials
    5. American Cancer Society
    6. American Lung Association Community Mobilization and Advocacy Resources
    7. American Heart Association

      Environmental Tobacco Smoke

      "Second Hand Smoke in Your Home"

      Author: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

      Media and Advertising in Tobacco


      The Smoke Free Community Guide to American Lung Association Programs

      How can communities address smoking control?

      American Lung Association Programs


      GASP (Group against smoking pollution) Smoke free dining information in New Jersey


      Fighting Heart Disease and Stroke, New Jersey Affiliate

      Tobacco Use: A Public Health Disaster


      Smoking in the Workplace

      Tobacco Control: Preventing Youth Tobacco Sales


      National Cancer Institute Strategies



      Smoke Free Dining - A Guide

      Smoke Free Dining - Activities