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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

Eliminating Tobacco Disparities

Health Disparities Council

July 16, 2012


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


Cost of tobacco u se

Cost of Tobacco Use

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.


Community awareness rhode island

Community Awareness: Rhode Island

  • Point of Purchase/Retail Advertising:

    • Increases current smokers’ consumption

    • May reduce current smokers’ resolve to quit

    • Encourages former smokers to resume their habit

    • Encourages youth smoking initiation


Eliminating tobacco disparities health disparities council july 16 2012

East Side

Population = 34,580

Area = 4.27 sq mi

36 Vendors

27 Outdoor Ads

South Side/West Side

Population = 38,718

Area = 2.83 sq. mi.

66 Vendors

153 Outdoor Ads

Minority Pop = 7.5% - 20%

Minority Pop =

70.1% -95.4%

Minority Pop =

20% - 50%

Providence, RI

2007-2008


Community awareness new york city

Community Awareness: New York City

  • Youth-led walking tours in all 5 boroughs of NYC

  • Highlighted tobacco ads that target the community

  • Engaged decision makers


Eliminating tobacco disparities health disparities council july 16 2012

“Eye level is buy level.”

- British American Tobacco


Eliminating tobacco disparities health disparities council july 16 2012

Community Awareness: Massachusetts


Policy solutions local

Policy Solutions: Local

Permitting

Packaging

Point of Purchase/Retail Advertising

Expanding Products Covered

Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products


Tobacco free pharmacies

Tobacco Free Pharmacies

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


Policy solutions state

Policy Solutions: State

Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Funding

Tax policy

Access to tobacco cessation treatments

Smokefree laws


Eliminating tobacco disparities health disparities council july 16 2012

Massachusetts Tobacco Revenue vs. Spending

http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/what_we_do/state_local/tobacco_settlement/massachusetts


Eliminating tobacco disparities health disparities council july 16 2012

http://www.massbudget.org/


Eliminating tobacco disparities health disparities council july 16 2012

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.


Other tobacco products tax loophole

Other Tobacco Products Tax Loophole

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.


Eliminating tobacco disparities health disparities council july 16 2012

Helping Smokers Quit

Source: MA Department of Public Health, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 1998- 2008


Smoking cessation treatments

Smoking Cessation Treatments

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.


Going smokefree

Going Smokefree

Protecting our 2004 Smokefree Workplace Law

Institutions – Academic, Health Care

Public & Private Housing

Outdoor spaces

Cars


Policy solutions federal

Policy Solutions: Federal

Cessation Coverage

  • Affordable Care Act

  • Federal Employees & Department of Defense

    FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

  • Graphic Warning Labels

  • Ban on flavored cigarettes (Menthol TBD)


Engaging policy partners

Engaging Policy Partners

Across the Health Sector

Education

Elder Affairs

Housing

Veterans


Eliminating tobacco disparities health disparities council july 16 2012

Questions?

Katie King

Director, Public Policy

[email protected]

(781) 314 – 9011


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