Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings (STARS) Survey

The Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings (STARS) survey was designed for practitioners to inform state and local tobacco control policies for the point of sale. The STARS form and training materials resulted from a collaboration of State and Community Tobacco Control (SCTC) researchers with stakeholders from five state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium. The assessment items (e.g., price, product promotions) were selected exclusively for their policy relevance; no items function as compliance checks for federal regulations. This user-friendly survey can be filled out by professionally trained data collectors, as well as self-trained youth and adults.

Available Materials

  1. STARS survey (1 page, double-sided, 20 questions)

Supporting materials:

  1. STARS One-pager Overview (print-out of the text on this screen – including Background, Materials and Getting Started)
  2. Training PowerPoint (93 slides for self- or group-administered instruction)
  3. Pocket Guide (10-page instructional review for use in the field – assembly required)
  4. Pocket Guide Assembly Instructions (brief instructions on how to assemble pocket guide)
  5. Excel Data Entry Template (used to enter survey data and compute outcomes)