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The Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act, a referendum passed by Arkansans in the November 2000 election, invests Arkansas' share of the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement funds in seven health-related programs. RAND was contracted to evaluate the progress of the seven programs in fulfilling their missions. This report discusses the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission's activities and its responses to recommendations by RAND in the earlier evaluation reports. It documents continued activity and progress by the commission and the seven funded programs through December 2007. The report assesses the progress of each of the funded programs in achieving its long-range goals and tracks the programs' process indicators. It also updates trends in outcome measures developed to monitor effects of the funded programs on smoking and other health-related outcomes. Finally, it provides program-specific and across-program recommendations for future activities, including managing transitions and change, ongoing strategic planning, developing evaluation measures, collaboration with other programs, and sustaining funding and growth.

The research described in this report was sponsored by the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission. The research was conducted in RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation.

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