Designing an effective statewide tobacco control program--Massachusetts

Cancer. 1998 Dec 15;83(12 Suppl Robert):2722-7. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1097-0142(19981215)83:12a+<2722::aid-cncr12>;2-o.


Smoking-related illnesses kill > 10,000 Massachusetts residents each year and cost hundreds of millions of dollars of public and private expenditures for health care. To combat this public health problem, in 1992 Massachusetts voters approved a referendum question calling for an increased excise tax on tobacco products, with the revenue supporting a Health Protection Fund. Approximately 40% of the fund is used to finance the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program (MTCP), administered by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. During the first 3 fiscal years (FY), the MTCP budget has averaged just over $40 million annually, declining during that period from approximately $43 million in FY 1995 to < $37 million in FY 1997.

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Humans
  • Massachusetts
  • Policy Making*
  • Program Development
  • Public Health / economics
  • Public Health / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Smoking / economics
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • State Government
  • Taxes / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tobacco Industry / legislation & jurisprudence