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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Health Disparities Council
July 16, 2012
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%
- British American Tobacco
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
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.
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