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Public Health Rep. 2006 Sep-Oct;121(5):515-20.

The UCLA tobacco control program.

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  • 1Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research, Department of Health Services, University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA 90095-6900, USA.


Tobacco use, the most preventable cause of death in our society and a growing international epidemic, should be well understood by all students preparing to enter the field of public health. Despite its importance, however, tobacco does not always enjoy the prominence it deserves in public health education. We report here on efforts to expand the focus on tobacco in the University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health through a program supported by the Association of Schools of Public Health/American Legacy Foundation's Scholarship, Training, and Education Program for Tobacco Use Prevention funding mechanism. We describe steps to increase tobacco content in required and elective courses; offer elective courses on tobacco; implement a pre-doctoral scholarship program featuring coursework, fieldwork, and exposure to tobacco issues at national meetings; and establish a tobacco-focused workshop series. We outline program successes, structural barriers to achieving some programmatic goals, and the program's early termination.

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