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.
- 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).
Among the data presented in Eliminating Tobacco-Related Health Disparities are the following:
- 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. These groups include:
- Racial and ethnic minorities
- Workers exposed to occupational hazards
- Blue-collar and service workers
- Others with low levels of education.
Meeting participants developed and prioritized recommendations in nine key areas:
- Research funding.
- Training/mentoring and systems change.
- Using information to inform policy or practice.
- Community-based dissemination and communication.
- Marketing research strategies to affect tobacco use and policy.
- Examining and understanding tobacco use and cessation.
- Exploratory and developmental research.
- Cessation, environmental risks and harm reduction.
- Research on the impact of tobacco industry policies and products.
To review the complete set of recommendations, see Eliminating Tobacco-Related Health Disparities.
After the Grant
The National Cancer Institute, in collaboration with the American Legacy Foundation, established the Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND).
TReND works to eliminate tobacco-related health disparities through transdisciplinary research that advances the science, translates that scientific knowledge into practice and informs public policy.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided a grant of $32,166 from July 2002 to March 2003 in partial support of the conference.
The conference was co-sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Legacy Foundation, American Cancer Society, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco, and the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network.
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