November 2007

Grant Results


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
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
    • Women
    • Youth
    • Workers exposed to occupational hazards
    • Blue-collar and service workers
    • Others with low levels of education.

Key Recommendations
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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National Conference on Tobacco and Health Disparities


MasiMax Resources (Rockville,  MD)

  • Amount: $ 32,166
    Dates: July 2002 to March 2003
    ID#:  045575


John P. Weis
(240) 632-5600

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Report prepared by: Richard Camer
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Sallie Anne George

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