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Rural residents in the United States are disproportionately affected by tobacco use and tobacco-related health problems. Public health experts at the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) developed a toolkit titled “Advancing Tobacco Prevention and Control in Rural America” to help public health professionals, health department leaders, elected officials, and tobacco control advocates address tobacco use in their communities. The authors promote a tailored approach to tobacco prevention that addresses the unique challenges faced by rural communities. The toolkit outlines:

  • Unique context that contributes to tobacco use among rural residents
      • Social and economic factors
      • Demographics
      • Culture
  • Current tobacco control policy environment in rural regions
  • Evidence-based interventions tailored to the rural environment


National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is a social, financial and information network, connecting more than 4500 subject-matter experts with organizational partners across the nation. To learn more about NNPHI , visit