According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health, West Virginia has the highest reported adult smoking rate in the nation – 26.7 percent. The Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA), a CADCA Initiative, has collaborated with Community Connections, a West Virginia based coalition, which is hosting a dedication ceremony for Mark’s Barn on Thursday, October 12, 2017 along U.S. Highway 219 in Marlinton, West Virginia.

This Tennessee coalition has reduced smoking, underage drinking, and medicine abuse by using Putnam Power.

It has been one year since Hawaii’s landmark legislation to raise the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to age 21 passed. 

Despite a significant decline in overall adult cigarette smoking since 1964, disparities in cigarette smoking remain among racial and ethnic population groups, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

It has been one year since Hawaii’s landmark legislation to raise the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to age 21 passed, making it the first state to do so. And already, tobacco use is feeling the burn, reducing access for youth, and helping everyone in the state breathe fresher air.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have taken issue with the suggestion that doctors should routinely recommend e-cigarettes as an alternative to cigarettes for their patients who smoke.
The researchers point out in a commentary published in Annals of Family Medicine that existing treatments are more effective than e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking, there are professional ethics concerns about providers who recommend them, and there is no strong evidence that e-cigarettes are safe.

As more and more people kick the habit of smoking, coalitions can still be stumped on how to prevent youth from lighting up. The immergence of alternative smoking products such as electronic cigarettes and flavored cigarillos are heavily marketed to youth and cause confusion.

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health released a tobacco-related article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine entitled, “Tobacco Use, Secondhand Smoke, and Smoke-Free Home Rules in Multi-Unit Housing.”

If you paint it, they will come.

That’s what CADCA Coalition Advisory Committee member Greg Puckett hopes.

Puckett, the Executive Director of Community Connections, Inc., in West Virginia, and his colleagues will unveil a big, red barn Friday, July 15th, that community organizers know will give tobacco cessation attention.

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