Eliminating Tobacco Disparities Health Disparities Council July 16, 2012. State of Lung Disease in Diverse Communities. Compared to White smokers, Black smokers were: 70% less likely to be asked by a doctor about their tobacco use 72% less likely to be advised to quit.
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Eliminating Tobacco Disparities
Health Disparities Council
July 16, 2012
State of Lung Disease
in Diverse Communities
9,000 adults die every year in MA from tobacco use.
For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, 20 people suffer from a smoking-related illness.
We spend over $4.3 billion a year treating tobacco-related illnesses in Massachusetts. That represents 10% of our state’s health care costs.
Population = 34,580
Area = 4.27 sq mi
27 Outdoor Ads
South Side/West Side
Population = 38,718
Area = 2.83 sq. mi.
153 Outdoor Ads
Minority Pop = 7.5% - 20%
Minority Pop =
Minority Pop =
20% - 50%
“Eye level is buy level.”
- British American Tobacco
Community Awareness: Massachusetts
Point of Purchase/Retail Advertising
Expanding Products Covered
Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products
38 communities in Massachusetts have passed policies including: Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Lowell
Cover 32.2% of state population (over 2 million people)
State legislation filed by Chairwoman Susan Fargo and Representative Sean Garballey
Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Funding
Access to tobacco cessation treatments
Massachusetts Tobacco Revenue vs. Spending
Increase Price, Decrease Consumption
The number of packs sold in Massachusetts decreased 59% from FY92 to FY10.
State excise tax revenue from cigarettes increased 6% annually.
State Cigarette tax = $2.51 per pack
Lower tax rate on kid-friendly, non-cigarette tobacco products
Legislation filed by Representative Hecht to close this loophole.
Helping Smokers Quit
Source: MA Department of Public Health, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 1998- 2008
Comprehensive insurance coverage of 7 FDA-approved medications & counseling options
Expanding MassHealth cessation benefit to Group Insurance Commission and Commonwealth Care plans would save $1.4 million in Year 1 and $7.4 million by Year 5.
Protecting our 2004 Smokefree Workplace Law
Institutions – Academic, Health Care
Public & Private Housing
FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products
Across the Health Sector
Director, Public Policy
(781) 314 – 9011