Tobacco-Related Disparities in Specific Populations
Tobacco brands target Black youth, study finds (CA)
A review of several studies that examined advertising throughout California provides evidence that tobacco marketing has been targeting California’s low-income, African American youth. One study mentioned in the article found that as the proportion of African American students increased at a particular California high school, the amount of menthol-related advertising and Newport brand promotions at nearby retailers increased as well. Another study found that African American students were better able to recognize a Newport cigarette ad than teens of other races. The researchers note that low-income areas and communities of color are more likely to have a high concentration of tobacco retailers, compared to other communities. While California has the second lowest smoking rate in the country, the prevalence of African American tobacco use is 3-6% higher than the overall statewide smoking rate, so the findings suggest that the state should focus on eliminating disparities and reducing youth exposure to tobacco advertising. Click here to read more, and click here to read the study abstract published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
New report shows more than one in five pregnant white women smoke cigarettes
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducted a study that revealed that 21.8% of pregnant White women aged 15 to 44 currently smoked cigarettes within the past 30 days. The data indicated that the cigarette smoking prevalence among pregnant White women was significantly higher than among pregnant Black women (14.2%) and pregnant Hispanic women (6.5%) in the same age range. Click here to read about the findings, and click here to read the full report.
Health Promotion Practice call for papers: Deadline extended!
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)’s peer-reviewed journal, Health Promotion Practice (HPP), has extended the deadline for its call for papers for a special theme issue highlighting successful strategies and promising practices to support and sustain the reduction in tobacco use of Asian Americans (AAs) and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs). This special issue is a collaborative effort of Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) and SOPHE. Manuscripts should be submitted on or before June 1, 2012. Click here to view the call for papers, which includes further information about the focus of this theme issue, as well as background information about SOPHE, APPEAL, and the journal.
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