About Us

The Tobacco Control Network (TCN) is comprised of the tobacco control program managers and additional staff from each U.S. state and territorial health agency and the health department of the District of Columbia. This wide representation allows the TCN to access a wealth of expertise and experience from across the country.

Formed in 1994, the network’s primary function was to facilitate information sharing between the NCI-funded ASSIST Program, the CDC-funded IMPACT program, and other national partners. With the creation of the National Tobacco Control Program in 1999, in which CDC provided funding to all state health departments for tobacco control programs, the network reorganized with a focus on raising the primacy of tobacco control in all state health agencies and fostering collaboration and communication among state programs.

TCN’s activities are led by officers elected annually in the fall. The current officers are:

You can view the full list of TCN’s executive leadership on the officers page and the network’s state representatives on the members page.

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is providing staff support to the TCN. ASTHO is the national nonprofit association representing the state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy and to ensuring excellence in state-based public health practice.

Please direct any questions you may have regarding the Tobacco Control Network to: tcn@astho.org.

Message from the Chair

Greetings from Rhode Island!

My name is Erin Boles Welsh and I am the Chair of the Tobacco Control Network for 2017-2018, serving alongside the other officers and representatives elected by TCN members. As the tobacco control program manager from Rhode Island, I am so pleased to serve in this role for the next year and aim to represent the collective voice of state tobacco control staff nationwide.

TCN has established a robust and strategic agenda for the next few years that represents initiatives thoughtfully developed by you and your peers that we believe will contribute to advancing our tobacco control efforts.

The Tobacco Control Network (TCN) provides an opportunity to:

  • Network with your colleagues, learn about national happenings, and share policy and programming strategies. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
  • Have a voice with the National Tobacco Control Program and with other national stakeholder organizations. The Network often serves as an advisor to CDC on National Tobacco Control Program issues and as a resource for national partners on state needs and perspectives.
  • Keep informed with tools like a newsletter and website.

TCN is here to facilitate learning from each other, provide support to state tobacco control programs, and to strengthen our network and our voice in public health. I look forward to connecting with you through the TCN!

We encourage your engagement in TCN and feedback to provide a truly useful and unique platform of support. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know how TCN can help!


Erin Boles Welsh

TCN Chair 2017-2018

Erin Boles Welsh TCN Chair 2017-2018

Organization Documents

TCN’s 2016 Policy Recommendations contain specific priorities and guidance for effective tobacco control by state and territorial health agencies.

Contact us!

Please send any questions about the Tobacco Control Network to: