The first decade of the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program

Public Health Rep. 2005 Sep-Oct;120(5):482-95. doi: 10.1177/003335490512000503.


This article provides a comprehensive overview of the first decade of the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program (MTCP). Born after Massachusetts passed a 1992 ballot initiative raising cigarette excise taxes to fund the program, MTCP greatly reduced statewide cigarette consumption before being reduced to a skeletal state by funding cuts. The article describes the program's components and goals, details outcomes, presents a summary of policy accomplishments, and reviews the present status of MTCP in the current climate of national and state fiscal crises. The first decade of the MTCP offers many lessons learned for the future of tobacco control.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Massachusetts / epidemiology
  • Preventive Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Preventive Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Policy*
  • Smoking / economics
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking Cessation*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Social Marketing
  • Taxes / legislation & jurisprudence
  • United States / epidemiology