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 26, 2008
Odds are you have a street gang in your neighborhood, or close to your home. Throughout the United States, gangs are no longer confined to the large urban communities. They're now originating and functioning in many of the smallest of towns across America. Gang members are now found to be a mixture of ALL races, cultures and ethnicities and in some cases within the same gang.
- Jul 17, 2008
No matter where you live, there are drugs in your community. They're in the smallest towns and the biggest cities. Resources to deal with the problems are scarce and are facing cuts everywhere, so are things really that different in the cities or the more rural areas? What role does geography play in the drug problem and what are the different challenges coalitions face in cities versus rural communities?
- May 24, 2008
We're all trying to raise a drug-free generation and spread prevention messages effectively. To do so, we need access to many kids at once. One great place to have this kind of access is a school. But as many coalitions have found out, getting inside a school isn't always easy. Coalitions and schools don't always work so well together and it's often difficult for the two sides to realize what frightens the other.
- Apr 30, 2008
Have you been to a town hall meeting like this: Participants dutifully arrive; the 'experts' sit at the front of the room and share their knowledge and opinions and answer a few questions from the audience, the meeting ends and everyone goes home? Citizens attend, but have little opportunity to participate. We often depend on the 'experts' telling the community. But, what if we turned it around?
- Apr 14, 2008
CADCA's National Coalition Institute released the first in a new series of publications, Beyond the Basics, last week and the response has been overwhelming. The Coalition Impact: Environmental Prevention Strategies resonates with community anti-drug coalitions because it addresses the day-to-day work of trying to create safer and healthier communities.