University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Tobacco Control Program

S.Glantz Program Co-Leader Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

The overarching goal of the HDFCCC Tobacco Control Program is to reduce the burden of cancer caused by tobacco, locally, in the catchment area, and globally. 

The Tobacco Control Program conducts research under three themes:

  • Theme 1: Biological determinants of tobacco-induced addiction and disease
  • Theme 2: Social and behavioral determinants and interventions for tobacco addiction
  • Theme 3: The tobacco industry as a disease vector and strategies to block it

The Tobacco Control Program is the focal point for UCSF scientists in disciplines ranging from the molecular biology of nicotine addiction through political science. These scientists combine their efforts to eradicate the use of tobacco and tobacco-induced cancer and other diseases worldwide. A strong theme is that science-driven policy and public health interventions are key to ending the tobacco epidemic, as well as biological and clinical science. The role of the tobacco industry has been an important focus.

The specific scientific goals of the Tobacco Control Program are to (1) conduct clinical and laboratory investigations of the mechanisms of nicotine addiction; (2) further understand the effects of tobacco use and exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, including genetic studies and investigations of racial and ethnic differences in measures of tobacco exposure and tobacco-related diseases; (3) develop and test innovative interventions for tobacco users, especially those in high-risk populations, including youth, individuals co-morbid with mental and substance abuse disorders, chronic smokers, and ethnic minorities; to provide estimates of the economic costs of tobacco use to society and the corresponding benefits of tobacco control programs; to conduct research on tobacco related policy and to continue to study the effects of the tobacco industry, both nationally and internationally, on tobacco use; and to better describe populations with high smoking rates, both in this country and internationally. Rather than being distinct areas of work, these investigations often interact with, and benefit from each other, spanning multiple disciplines. The expertise inherent of the Program membership supports the accomplishment of these goals. 

Links to More Tobacco-Control Resources at UCSF

Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
The Center encompasses the work of 29 faculty members, their students, fellows and staff, who are committed to research, cessation, training and education designed each year.  This work extends from basic studies of nicotine pharmacology through the health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke to action-oriented policy interventions.

Legacy Tobacco Documents Library
The Legacy Tobacco Documents Library is a digital library of internal tobacco industry documents from the files of top tobacco companies, made possible by the UCSF Library and the American Legacy Foundation. The library offers searching, viewing, and downloading of over 20 million documents, which relate to scientific research, manufacturing, marketing, advertising and sales of cigarettes, among other topics.

UCSF Tobacco Control Archives
Sponsored by the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management, Department of Archives/Special Collections, this is a central, organized source of information with the purpose of collecting, preserving, and providing access to papers, unpublished documents, and electronic resources relevant to tobacco control issues, primarily in California.

Smoke Free Movies
Hollywood stars attract millions of moviegoers. Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds, Brown and Williamson, and other big tobacco companies then addict and kill them, making billions in profits. This site uncovers that story.

For years, the tobacco industry has used and abused the restaurant and bar industry to defend its own billions of dollars in profits. Get the facts on Big Tobacco’s scam.

Reports on Tobacco Control
Online library of reports on tobacco control from UCSF and beyond.