National Conference Identifies Tobacco-Related Health Disparities

National conference on tobacco and health disparities

MasiMax Resources, a Rockville, Md., health and human services consulting firm, helped plan and convene a "National Conference on Tobacco and Health Disparities," December 11–15, 2002, in Tampa Bay, Fla.

Approximately 178 people participated in the three-day conference, which meeting organizers described as the first scientific effort to review the current research, identify gaps and develop a comprehensive research agenda to eliminate tobacco-related health disparities.

Key Results

  • A conference report—Eliminating Tobacco-Related Health Disparities: Summary Report—is available online.

  • Selected papers presented at the conference were published in the February 2004 issue of the American Journal of Public Health (available online).

Key Findings

  • Tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States, killing more than 440,000 smokers and approximately 40,000 nonsmokers annually.

  • Certain groups remain at high risk for tobacco use and exposure and bear a disproportionate burden of tobacco-related illnesses and deaths.

Key Recommendations

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