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Center for Tobacco Studies


The Center for Tobacco Studies (CTS) includes the former Tobacco Surveillance and Evaluation Research Program (TSERP) which was first developed in 2000 to conduct a baseline assessment of tobacco use for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS), and Trinkets & Trash, which is an online surveillance system and archive of tobacco products and tobacco industry marketing materials. We also have a strong collaborative working relationship with the Cancer Prevention & Control Research Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

The mission of the CTS is to enhance the evaluation and surveillance of tobacco control as well as industry initiatives and strategies, by conducting research studies, that include primary and secondary data collection and analysis and qualitative and quantitative methods, and to translate and disseminate findings to program planners and policy makers. We seek to advance the scientific base for tobacco surveillance and evaluation by conducting applied research of high quality, integrity, and innovation.


  • To evaluate tobacco control initiatives and strategies at the local, state, and national levels
  • To conduct tobacco monitoring and surveillance
  • To engage in methodogical research to improve tobacco monitoring and surveillance
  • To translate and disseminate research findings to practitioners and policy makers