The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Office on Smoking and Health has published a new Best Practices user guide: Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control, 2015. The guide was written in partnership with the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis, and will serve as a companion to the 2014 Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs.
The Health Equity user guide focuses on how comprehensive tobacco control programs can work to achieve health equity in tobacco prevention and control. Best Practices recommends that “Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups” be a primary goal of every state tobacco control program, along with preventing initiation among youth and young adults, promoting quitting among adults and youth, and eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke. This guide offers tobacco control program staff and partners information on how to work toward achieving health equity when planning, implementing, and enforcing tobacco control policies.
The Best Practices user guide on Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control can help you:
- Select and implement evidence-based strategies to promote health equity and reduce tobacco-related disparities;
- Learn from real-world examples of efforts to achieve health equity in tobacco prevention and control;
- Provide information to gain support for tobacco control efforts that focus on health equity; and
- Identify the best tobacco control resources and tools to help in planning efforts.