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:

  • Chair: Andrea Mowery, ClearWay Minnesota
  • Chair-ElectErin Boles-Welsh, Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Immediate Past ChairBarry Sharp, Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Policy ChairLucy Longoria, Oregon Health Authority
  • Secretary/TreasurerKelly McCaffrey, Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Funders Alliance RepresentativeTonia Moore, Louisiana Public Health Institute

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 Minnesota!

My name is Andrea Mowery and I am the Chair of the TCN, serving alongside the other officers and representatives elected by TCN members. I am the Vice President of ClearWay Minnesota. As your TCN chair, my vision is for tobacco programs to work in concert with our colleagues in chronic disease, clinical providers and behavioral health within the states to reduce the tobacco burden on those with the highest risk. Tobacco programs are uniquely positioned to connect a wide array of health issues to holistically address the needs of those at highest risk for tobacco related diseases.

What can TCN do for you?

The Tobacco Control Network (TCN) gives you 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 tobacco control organizations. The Network often serves as an adviser 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.

As you encounter change and challenges, the 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!

Thank you for the important work you do every day. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know how we can support you in your work!


Andrea Mowery

TCN Chair 2016-2017

Andrea Mowery TCN Chair 2016-2017

Organization Documents

TCN Policy Platform

Our thanks to everyone who provided feedback on the TCN Policy Platform! The 2012 Policy Platform is available for your reference. We are currently reviewing the feedback for the 2015 Policy Platform and will provide an update soon.

Contact us!

Please send any questions about the Tobacco Control Network to:


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