Tobacco Control Initiative

The Tobacco Control Initiative (TCI) is administered by the LSU Health – New Orleans School of Public Health. TCI is supported by a contract (CFMS no. 599454) from the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium through the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living.

The goal of TCI is to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use within state healthcare systems by: (1) identifying all tobacco users; (2) identifying those evidence-based interventions that are both appropriate for and acceptable to patients; and (3) cost-effectively providing those interventions to patients, when possible. The initiative follows the evidence-based guidelines of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, “Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence” (2008).

TCI partnering hospitals and clinics screen all patients for tobacco use and dependency. Any patient identified as a current tobacco user (defined as having used tobacco products within the past 30 days) is advised to quit and offered evidenced-based cessation treatment options. Tobacco Treatment Specialists employed by TCI provide these treatment options, which include:

  1. Self-help material;
  2. Group class and one-on-one behavioral counseling;
  3. Cessation medication;
  4. Referral to the Louisiana quit-line for support counseling;
  5. Referral to the Smoking Cessation Trust, which provides free cessation services for any Louisiana
  6. resident who began smoking before September 1, 1988.

TCI is administered under the principled leadership of Dr. Sarah Moody-Thomas. Dr. Moody-Thomas received her doctorate degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and completed a clinical psychology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and the VA hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is professor in the field of clinical health psychology, and Director of the Behavioral and community Health Program of the LSUHSC School of Public Health. Since 2000, Dr. Moody-Thomas and her team of behavioral scientists, implementation specialists and public health interns have initiated and evaluated a broad range of cancer control and tobacco prevention and cessation interventions.