Specific Populations

General Resources | African Americans | American Indian/Alaska Native | Hispanic/Latino |
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) | Low SES | Military | Schools/Youth | Women

General Resources

National Networks for Tobacco Control and Prevention
Funded by the CDC Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), the National Networks provide leadership and expertise in the development of policy related initiatives and the utilization of proven or potentially promising practices within their identified populations. This website is a one-stop shop for all priority population tobacco control information. The site provides data and links to resources on specific populations that experience significant tobacco-related disparities, and features strategies and tools that can be used as a guide and adapted for any population.

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Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND)
The Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND) was created by the National Cancer Institute and the Legacy Foundation to help understand and eliminate health disparities related to tobacco. The public web portal of the TReND provides researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and advocates with resources that support efforts to eliminate tobacco-related health disparities.

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United States Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Minority Health
The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities. The OMH website contains data and statistics on minority populations, cultural competency guides, and health information on various topics.

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See also: The Praxis Project

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African Americans

National African American Tobacco Prevention Network  (NAATPN)
Funded by the CDC Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network's technical assistance and training services provide the community competent organizational development, grassroots organization and tobacco control advocacy expertise necessary to effectively address tobacco challenges in communities of African descent. NAATPN offers a number of workshops and resources through its website. NAATPN’s quarterly newsletter, Insight, features articles, local “snapshots” stories, and calendar items related to tobacco prevention in the African American community.

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National African American Tobacco Education Network (NAATEN)
The National African American Tobacco Education Network is a national collaborative of stakeholders that have an interest in establishing or augmenting tobacco prevention and control activities within African American organizations as well as the broader African American community. NAATEN offers leadership and technical assistance to faith-based organizations, clinical care providers, and African American organizations.

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Too Many Cases, Too Many Deaths: Lung Cancer in African Americans
American Lung Association, 2010. This is a synthesis of research regarding lung cancer disparities among African Americans. The report provides information about the biological, environmental, political, and cultural factors that affect African Americans’ chances of developing and dying from lung cancer. These factors include tobacco use, preventive behavior, socioeconomic status, environmental exposures, genetics, access to care, quality of care, racism, and social stress. Additionally, the report includes notes about where progress has been made, and where future improvements are needed.

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American Indian/Alaska Native

National Native Commercial Tobacco Abuse Prevention Network
Funded by the CDC Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), the National Native Commercial Tobacco Abuse Prevention Network is committed to preserving the sacred status of traditional tobacco and its ceremonial / sacred uses. This network is a diverse community of American Indian / Alaska Natives leading commercial tobacco abuse prevention efforts. The network’s website, KeepItSacred.org, is a one-stop connection to resources for developing commercial tobacco abuse prevention efforts.

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California Rural Indian Health Board
The California Rural Indian Heath Board, Inc., (CRIHB) was formed in 1969 to enable the provision of healthcare to member Tribes in California. CRIHB develops and delivers policies, plans, programs and services that elevate Indians’ health status. CRHIB offers several trainings on tobacco and cultural competency.

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Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Established in 1972, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB or the Board) is a non-profit tribal advisory organization serving the forty-three federally recognized tribes of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The webpage for the Board’s Tobacco Prevention Project contains data, reports, publications, and media.

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Tribal Smoke-Free Policy Toolkit [2nd Edition]
National Native Commercial Tobacco Abuse Prevention Network, 2009. The Tribal Smoke-Free Policy Toolkit [2nd Edition] is a “one-stop shop” for policy-related materials that will assist advocates in their efforts to plan and implement an effective smokefree policy in their tribal community. The toolkit contains the benefits of smokefree policies, community readiness assessments, sample resolutions and ordinances that can be adapted, camera-ready ads, radio PSAs, and much more.

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Hispanic/Latino

National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN)
Funded by the CDC Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), the National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN) works to reduce tobacco-use disparities, associated premature deaths and disabilities among Hispanic/Latino (H/L) populations through work with community-based organizations, advocates, and public health experts in H/L communities to support evidence-based policies/practices in the areas of comprehensive policies, advocacy, prevention, cessation and exposure to secondhand smoke. NLTCN offers a newsletter, listserv, and a national directory of Latinos working on tobacco, alcohol, other drugs and health disparities.

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Sabemos – Aqui No Se Fuma
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health (CDC-OSH). This English-Spanish-language communications kit was designed to promote awareness of current positive social norms about protecting indoor spaces from secondhand smoke among Hispanics/Latinos. The bilingual kit includes a cultural overview of the Hispanic/Latino population, tips for expanding the reach of anti-tobacco messages, steps to create smokefree environments, and other materials to assist in the development of media campaigns.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)

National LGBT Tobacco Control Network
Funded by the CDC Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), the Network for LGBT Health Equity is a community-driven network of advocates and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use, and enhancing diet and exercise. The Network’s website includes a directory of the network's members and organizations, a library of resources on LGBT health, and ways to stay connected to the network.

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Gay American Smoke Out
Since 1994, the Gay American Smoke Out has been an opportunity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) individuals to challenge themselves to quit smoking. It is also an opportunity for LGBT organizations to provide resources for quitting and host fun events to raise awareness about tobacco use. This website includes resources, links, products, and cessation tips geared toward LGBTs.

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Smoking Out a Deadly Threat: Tobacco Use in the LGBT Community
American Lung Association, 2010. This report examines the trend of higher tobacco use among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the need for additional research specific to this community. The report recommends that state and local tobacco control programs work to make prevention and cessation programs, materials and staff culturally competent and inclusive of the LGBT community. Organizations representing LGBTs are encouraged to advocate for policies to promote tobacco prevention and cessation programs and seek alternative funding streams to avoid tobacco industry sponsorship.

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Low Socioeconomic Status (SES)

Break Free Alliance – Low SES Network
Funded by the CDC Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), the Break Free Alliance offers multiple materials about low SES populations and tobacco prevention and control, free of charge, from their website. Topics include: correctional facilities, integration of tobacco control in educational programs, low SES smoking habits and prevention strategies, and tobacco tax impacts on low SES populations. A repository of resources allows users to search for reports, research articles, publications, and more on tobacco control and low SES populations.

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Military

Project UNIFORM
Project UNIFORM’s (Undoing Nicotine Influence From Our Respected Military) mission is to create a collaborative bridge between military tobacco cessation programs and services offered by the state of California as a means to decrease the number of service members who use tobacco. Project UNIFORM staff work throughout the state to: provide culturally appropriate cessation information and training to existing military cessation programs on California military installations; collaborate with military support networks to promote cessation services; and educate tobacco control professionals to the culture and existing services within the Armed Forces of the United States.

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Quit Tobacco – Make Everyone Proud Campaign
U.S. Department of Defense. Quit Tobacco—Make Everyone Proud is an educational campaign for the U.S. military. The mission of the campaign is to help U.S. service members quit tobacco—for themselves and for the people they love. The award-winning website provides the opportunity to learn more about tobacco cessation, develop a personalized plan for quitting, create a personal or public blog, and communicate privately with a live help feature.

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Schools/Youth

2008 School Tobacco Policies: A review of model & school tobacco policies
North Central District Health Department, Nebraska Board of Health, 2008. This report reviews policies related to tobacco use in 21 school districts in north central Nebraska, with the content of the individual policies compared to that of model tobacco policies from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The report also outlines a model policy as a basis for reviewing and comparing the elements in the existing policies.

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American College Health Association
The American College Health Association (ACHA) links college health professionals throughout the nation, forming a powerful, collaborative networking base. ACHA oversees the National College Health Assessment, which tracks tobacco use and other student health topics. The ACHA has also published a position statement that encourages colleges and universities to adopt tobacco-free campuses and other tobacco control policies.

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Best Practices User Guide: Youth Engagement
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health (CDC-OSH), 2010. This publication focuses on the role youth play in advancing policy as part of a comprehensive tobacco control program. The guide notes that youth perspective and voice is important because the initiation of tobacco use most often occurs before age eighteen, and because of heavy targeting of youth by tobacco companies. This guide will provide tobacco control program managers with information on the best practices for engaging youth as a part of a comprehensive program.

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California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN)
Funded by the California Tobacco Control Program, the California Youth Advocacy Network is dedicated to supporting youth and young adults by advocating for a tobacco-free California. CYAN provides many resources for youth and young adults on a variety of topics including smoke-free movies, tobacco retail licensing, and social media.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)
The Division of Adolescent and School Health promotes the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults. To accomplish this mission, DASH implements four strategies: surveillance, synthesizing and applying research findings, enabling its constituents to implement comprehensive adolescent and school health programs, and providing technical assistance in evaluation to funded agencies. The DASH Tobacco Use webpage provides links to data and statistics on youth tobacco use and school policies, science-based strategies for preventing youth tobacco use, and guidelines for national, state, and local programs.

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Guidelines for School Health Programs to Prevent Tobacco Use and Addiction
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 1994. These guidelines identify strategies most likely to be effective in preventing tobacco use and addiction among young people.

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ImpacTeen: A Policy Research Partnership for Healthier Youth Behavior
University of Illinois at Chicago. ImpacTeen is a policy research partnership that focuses on economic, environmental, and policy influences on youth substance use, obesity and physical activity. The interdisciplinary teams of experts in economics, etiology, epidemiology, law, political science, public policy, psychology and sociology are attempting to determine the general and relative effectiveness of various approaches to discourage youth use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs. Research papers are published regularly.

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Kick Butts Day
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Kick Butts Day (KBD) is an annual day of activism that empowers youth across the country to take action against tobacco use. An activity guide on this website contains tips and ideas for holding tobacco awareness events that will engage young people of all age groups in the fight against Big Tobacco.

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Smoke Free Movies
University of California, San Francisco, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. This website presents research and other information on smoking in movies, outlines four steps to reduce the impact of adolescent exposure to on screen smoking, and offers ideas for taking action.

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Smokefree Teen and SmokefreeTXT initiative
National Cancer Institute (NCI). A smoking cessation resource aimed at helping teens quit smoking and take control of their health. To appeal to a teen audience that spends much of its time online and on the phone, Smokefree Teen provides targeted behavioral support through a variety of platforms, including a website, text messaging program, and a free mobile application.

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Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative
University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network. HHS and Colleges are working to combat the tobacco epidemic through the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative.

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Women

Smokefree.gov for Women
National Cancer Institute, Tobacco Control Research Branch. As the sister website to the Smokefree.gov website, the interactive Smokefree Women website provides consumers with tailored information to address issues of special concern to women. Topics addressed on the website include smoking and pregnancy, common challenges to quitting among women, effects of smoking on relationships, and risks to children related to secondhand smoke.

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WISEWOMAN Program – Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The WISEWOMAN program provides low–income, under insured or uninsured women aged 40–64 years with chronic disease risk factor screening, lifestyle intervention, and referral services in an effort to prevent cardiovascular disease. CDC funds WISEWOMAN programs in several states and tribal organizations. WISEWOMAN programs provide standard preventive services such as health screenings, as well as lifestyle programs that target poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and smoking.

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Womenshealth.gov: Smoking and How to Quit
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This section of Womenshealth.gov is designed to help women and the people they love to not smoke. Along with information on the health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke, this site offers resources to help smokers quit.

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Last updated 2/18/13