Department of Health

Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program

The Department of Health administers the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program, which is intended to increase public awareness of the health risks caused by exposure to tobacco. Program activities are conducted by local anti-tobacco coalitions that are overseen by the Department. We examined the actions taken by the Department in monitoring the effectiveness of program activities and found that improvements are needed. For example, the performance indicators used by the Department in evaluating the effectiveness of the local coalitions’ activities were developed for other programs and do not directly relate to the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program. In addition, contrary to legislative requirements, the Department has not obtained an independent evaluation of program effectiveness. We also examined the Department’s controls over the expenses claimed by the local coalitions under their contracts with the Department. We found that a number of improvements are needed if the expense claims are to be adequately verified by the Department.

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