“Exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) from burning tobacco products causes premature death and disease in nonsmokers. Despite reductions in SHS exposure over the past 25 years, millions of US nonsmokers continue to be exposed, particularly certain population groups such as African Americans and those with lower socioeconomic status. The Surgeon General has concluded that there is no risk-free level of SHS, and that eliminating smoking in indoor areas is the only effective way to fully protect nonsmokers from exposure.”
Excerpt from Huang J, King BA, Babb SD, Xu X, Hallett C, and Hopkins M. Sociodemographic Disparities in Local Smoke-Free Law Coverage in 10 States. Am J Public Health. 2015;105(9):1806-1813.
Mother’s Day was this past weekend, and we hope every woman who is a mother or a mother figure was celebrated. We want to share a message from theCampaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:
Now is the time to make plans to raise awareness about the impact of tobacco use on women and families in your community, as well as spark interest in and support for your tobacco control activities. There are a number of activities that you can do to celebrate moms and raise awareness about this important issue. Consider identifying a woman in your community who can talk about how she successfully quit with the help of your state’s tobacco control program, or even a woman who is willing to share her ongoing struggle with tobacco addiction. You can partner her message with facts about tobacco use among females in your community and quit-smoking resources.
UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT PRIORITY POPULATIONS! Mr. Toleran is an immigrant and a bilingual/bicultural community based scholar. His current work with Asian American Recovery Services/a program of HealthRIGHT 360, and recent work with Asian American Mental Health Services includes program design and project management in the prevention or treatment of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. He is committed to bridging service and research for young adults and adults in urban environments dating back to the early 90’s. He served as Executive Director and awarded a Center for Disease Control funded prevention project targeting Filipino men who have sex with men. Continue reading
Project Director, Oralia Vallejo (center)
Connecting with Kings County
After connecting her with a LOOP Technical Assistance Trainer (TAT), the Kings County Tobacco Control Program Project Director, Oralia Vallejo, told the LOOP:
“Indeed, [connecting us with a LOOP TAT] is wonderful news! Kings County is the small county south of Fresno that is always overlooked, and yet we have so much work yet to do in tobacco. We have limited resources, and yet our smoking rate is at 16%…you have truly made my day and weekend. I look forward to working with [the TAT] to raise the level of awareness of the issue of tobacco use in Kings County.”
Did You Know…?
...that the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee (TEROC) recommends that the measure of tobacco-related health disparity should be the rate of change within a single priority population compared to other populations? For example, between 1996 and 2011, the smoking prevalence among adults in low socioeconomic status (SES) populations declined 20.7 percent; however, the decline for high socioeconomic populations was 62.9 percent. Additionally, the decline for California men during the same period showed a decline for African Americans of 12.5 percent and a decline of 33.5 percent for non-Latino Whites. The decline for the low SES and African American communities appears much more positive without the full context of the decline in smoking prevalence for other populations.
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