Accepting Funds from the Tobacco
CDC Guidance for Collaboration with the Private Sector
Recently, the tobacco industry has approached state and local agencies with proposals
to financially support the implementation of youth tobacco prevention programs.
Decisions about whether to accept money directly from the tobacco industry to
implement youth tobacco prevention programs have sparked controversy and
divisiveness among those committed to preventing tobacco use. Several constituents
have contacted CDC to request its opinions as they consider these proposals.
Decisions about collaborative relationships with private sector partners must be made at
the level of the proposed relationship, i.e., either at the national, state, or local level.
CDC encourages national, state, and local agencies to consider developing a set of
guiding principles for forming collaborative arrangements with outside entities. Agencies
should work together and use existing partnerships with national, state, and local
education and health agencies, community-based organizations, universities, and others
to fully consider and discuss the positive and negative outcomes that may occur as a
result of any proposed partnership.
The CDC has developed its own criteria for collaborating with the private sector that
might be of assistance to national, state and local agencies. These criteria were
developed to provide guidance to CDC’s Centers, Institutes and Offices in assessing the
appropriateness of entering into a partnership with an outside agency, organization, or
industry. These criteria include:
¾ Be clear how the potential collaboration fits within its overall mission and
priorities and the private partner’s mission and priorities.
•	 Why does the organization want to work with the agency?
•	 How does the project relate to the organization's mission and goals?
•	 Will the potential collaboration have a reasonably large impact re