Mission Statement

The mission of the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission (ATSC) is to provide oversight and assessment of the performance of the seven (7) programs funded by the Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act of 2000. 

Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission Programs


AAI conducted a variety of community education events in 2016, resulting in more than 37,000 contacts. Some events focused on dementia or diabetes, while others focused on healthy eating or physical activity. AAI assisted in more than 27,000 Senior Health Clinic encounters in 2016. Many of these encounters occur at one of eight Centers on Aging around the state.  


COPH draws students from across the state. In 2016, students represented 41 of 75 counties, 25 of these counties are rural. In all 23% of COPH students came from a rural county. In all, COPH had 66 total graduates, and a majority of them (79%) plant to stay in Arkansas and work in public health. The COPH faculty reported 135 publications in 2016.


A total of 8,206 youth participated in health education programs in 2016. Youth programs under UAMS Helena, West Memphis, Lake Village are evidence-based and interactive. Also, 2, 995 students participated in the UAMs pre-health professions programs, while 3,229 other students were reached through a UAMs pre-professions recruiter.  


Each year, college students from around the state work on ABI-related research projects. In FY2016, 181 college students worked on ABI-related research. For FY2016, there were 174 new and ongoing  research projects. Five patents and 28 filings and provisional patents were awarded to ABI researchers. With ATSC and external funds, ABI also supported 309 full-time employees.  


Since 2015, TPCP had implemented 445 new smoke-free/tobacco-free policies in workplaces, schools, and residential buildings across the state, and surpassed their annual goal of 96 policies. Between July and December of 2016, TPCP implemented an additional 39 policies that help protect Arkansans from the harmful effects of tobacco.Smoking prevalence among youth decreased to 15.7% (YRBS, 2015) and pregnant women decreased to 3.4% (vital statistic, 2014). The quit rate for the Arkansas Tobacco Quitline was 28.8%, a slight increase from the previous year. (ATQ, 2014)   


TS-MEP provided expanded access to health benefits and services for 24,309 eligible pregnant women, seniors, and qualified adults. This is an increase of 5.7% from the number of Arkansans served by TS-MEP in 2015 (22,997). In 2017 the legislation passed the DHS proposal to add the Division of Developmental Disabilities Alternative Community Services Waiver Waiting list as a new group of TS-MEP. This new funding is expected to be extended to 500-900 individuals currently waiting.


The MHI addresses existing disparities in minority communities by educating these communities on diseases that disproportionately impact them, encouraging healthier lifestyles, promoting awareness of services and accessibility within the current healthcare system, and collaborating with community partners. The MHI partnered with more than  60  grassroots/nonprofit and faith-based organizations in 2016.    


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Little Rock, AR 72201

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