'It's About A Billion Lives' Symposium
Did you miss our Jan 2023 event?
Fellowship Program
The center offers a broad interdisciplinary postdoctoral training program to prepare individuals to become academic leaders in tobacco control.
Our Faculty
The Center's 68 faculty are spread across 15 departments and four schools at UCSF.
Q&A with CTCRE Director Pamela Ling, MD, MPH
"Mission: A Tobacco-Free World"

The Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education serves as a focal point for a broad range of research, education, and public service activities for over 70 faculty in 15 departments and all four schools at UCSF.

It is part of the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute and its membership is congruent with the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Tobacco Control Program. The Center is also a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Tobacco Control.

Our vision: A tobacco free world, saving one billion lives this century

Our mission:  

  • We perform cutting edge research that is critical for policies and programs to end the tobacco epidemic.  
  • We are the leading scientific voice speaking against those who seek to enrich themselves and undermine science at the expense of human lives.  
  • We support the next generation of tobacco research leaders, amplify the voices of diverse communities, and inspire policymakers to take bold action.
  • We carry out our work through rigorous and relevant research that reaches policymakers and the public.


Learn about our collaborations and resources.


From Our Blog

In 2017, California passed a $2 cigarette tax increase, and between 2014-2020, local Bay Area cities passed local flavored tobacco bans. Dr. Vira Pravosud led a new study that showed that between 2014 and 2020, cigarette prices increased even more than the $2 tax, and prices were higher in San Francisco and in cities in Alameda County with local flavor bans. San Francisco was more expensive than any other city in Alameda County.  The study also found that the menthol flavored tobacco policy in San Francisco was well implemented.