By Dr. Steve Schroeder, Director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
The 1964 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health catalyzed seismic changes in the use of tobacco in the United States. The prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults, which peaked at 42.7% in 1964, is now 18.1%. Average daily cigarette consumption by smokers decreased from 20 cigarettes per day in 1970 to 13 cigarettes in 2012. The incidence of lung cancer, which increased markedly through the course of the 20th century until lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer death, has declined, first among men and more recently among women. Deaths from heart disease and stroke, many caused by tobacco, have also plummeted.
By Dr. Leonard Jack, Director, Division of Community Health, CDC
Some of the most rewarding moments that I’ve experienced as Director of the Division of Community Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been the opportunity to hear success stories from coalitions working to make healthy living easier in communities across the country.
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- Jul 18, 2013
Does a mental health issue lead to substance use? Does substance abuse lead to a mental health issue? The answers to those questions are not clear, but we do know millions of adults in the United States have both. A very small percentage of people receive treatment for both conditions and most don't receive any treatment at all. Research has shown that treatment addressing both conditions at the same time has better outcomes with lower costs, yet it still isn't happening nearly enough.
- Coalition Ideas Exchange: Perils of the College Drinking Culture by CADCA National Coalition InstituteMay 02, 2013
Passage from high school to college is often a passage to binge drinking and other alcohol-related behaviors harming college students and others in the community where the college is located. Research has found parents remain a key influence through young adulthood. The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County’s (UPC) acclaimed “Perils of the College Drinking Culture” forum recognizes the importance of continued parent-student communication and the need for increased awareness of the epidemic of college drinking. In this new podcast series highlighting featured coalitions from CADCA's new resource, the Coalition Ideas Exchange, the Unified Prevention Coalition describes how they developed strong partnerships to conduct this forum of community leaders, students and parents.
- Apr 15, 2013
A video highlighting the National Youth Leadership Initiative, CADCA’s signature youth leadership development training.
- Apr 15, 2013
- Coalition Ideas Exchange: Alcohol Server/Seller Training – Make it Local! by CADCA National Coalition InstituteApr 11, 2013
When Barrington, R.I. decided to allow its first liquor stores, The BAY Team wanted to ensure that best practices were utilized to minimize sales to minors and service to intoxicated patrons at both on and off-site locations. They changed the town ordinance to require annual training on local conditions and best practices for all servers and sellers of alcohol. In this new podcast series highlighting featured coalitions from CADCA's new resource, the Coalition Ideas Exchange, The BAY Team describes how their coalition positioned themselves to be key players in modifying local policy.