Washington, D.C. – While fewer youth and adults smoke tobacco today then a decade ago, national data shows that those declines are leveling off. That’s why Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) have launched a new partnership to prevent tobacco use and to help people quit smoking.
In 2009, 8.2 percent of middle school students and 23.9 percent of high school students reported any tobacco use, and 5.2 percent and 17.2 percent, respectively, said they currently smoke cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While those rates are less than the tobacco use and current smoking rates of 2000, most of the declines were seen only in the first half of the decade.
Tobacco use is among the biggest issues that many community coalitions across the country are tackling in their communities. Through this new partnership, CADCA and the SCLC will host a webinar in December, entitled “Understanding Tobacco’s Toll,” featuring experts from the field of tobacco use prevention, and will track tobacco use prevention efforts through CADCA’s Annual Survey of Coalitions.
In addition, CADCA will disseminate to CADCA members several resources, such as the SCLC’s 1-800-QUIT-NOW cards and the Rx for Change curriculum. Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation is a comprehensive, turn-key, tobacco cessation training program that equips health professionals, including students and licensed clinicians, with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills to help individuals quit tobacco.
“We know coalitions rank tobacco among their top three concerns, so we’re excited to work with the SCLC to expand our tobacco-related tools and talk with coalitions about smoking cessation specifically,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA Chairman and CEO. “Even though fewer people smoke today than they did a decade or two ago, we can’t let our guard down and forget that smoking remains a problem in our communities. Through partnerships like this one, CADCA is hopeful that we can enhance tobacco prevention efforts and continue to chip away at youth and adult smoking rates.”
“Since nicotine is a gateway drug, we are looking forward to working with CADCA on smoking prevention and including tobacco treatment as part of the road to recovery,” said Catherine Saucedo, the Deputy Director of the SCLC.
“Nothing could be more important to the health of our communities than to be free of tobacco use,” said Dr. Steven A. Schroeder, SCLC Director and Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care. “We are proud to partner with CADCA to help smokers quit and promote healthy living.”
Resources and tools developed through the CADCA and SCLC partnership will be made available on CADCA’s website at www.cadca.org.