CAI serves as the tobacco control training center for New York State, delivering customized trainings to contractors of the New York State Tobacco Control Program. In a state where 25,400 adults die every year as a result of smoking, CAI trainings are helping New York reach its 2013 target of reducing the prevalence of cigarette use to 12% among adults and 10% amongst adolescents who smoked in the past month. CAI also provides training and technical assistance to other state funded programs and inter-departments working on tobacco control.
The Tobacco Control Training Project (TCTP) educates health professionals on population-based health interventions and how to engage state and community stakeholders in supporting local and statewide tobacco control initiatives. These TCTP initiatives support changes in policy and practices, and lead to social norm change. CAI trainings help health professionals understand how a population-based approach is an effective public health strategy and how to utilize it to impact entire populations. As a result, health professionals are able to work with decision makers, influencers and action-oriented groups to implement policies and practices to promote cessation, decrease the social acceptability of tobacco use, and prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults. Health professionals also learn community mobilization skills to strengthen tobacco-related policies, such as restrictions on the availability or promotion of tobacco products and limits on opportunities for exposure to second-hand smoke.