We are excited to announce that the Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings (STARS) surveillance tool and accompanying training materials are now available on the State and Community Tobacco Control (SCTC) Research Initiative website here: http://www.sctcresearch.org/blog/public/standardized-tobacco-assessment-retail-settings-stars-surveillance-tool
The STARS package is intended for use by self-trained adults and youth to gather information on the retail tobacco environment, which can inform effective tobacco control policy solutions. The STARS tool has 20 items assessing placement, promotion, price and availability of tobacco products in the retail setting. Training materials include a 93-slide PowerPoint presentation for individual- or group-administered instruction, and a Pocket Guide to be used in the field. An Excel Data Entry Template is also provided for organizing and analyzing STARS data.
I hope you find the STARS tool and supporting materials to be user-friendly and policy relevant. Please forward this e-mail to your professional colleagues, community coalition members, and others interested in protecting our communities from the impact of retail tobacco marketing.
Nikie Sarris, MPH
Research Public Health Analyst
Community Health Promotion Research