Adult cigarette smoking is down, but tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths in the U.S. Cancers linked to tobacco use make up 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed.
While smoking prevalence is less than 12% in California, smoking rates among San Francisco subgroups are 18.9% among African Americans, up to 25% in LGBT samples, up to 42% among persons enrolled in primary care safety net clinics, and 70% among persons enrolled in addiction treatment.
Tobacco Free SF
The San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition has already established four key priorities that complement tobacco control activities underway at many organizations throughout San Francisco:
Goal: To improve smoking intervention and increase smoking cessation among low income, high risk populations in San Francisco
Method: Collaboration with community partners and the San Francisco Department of Public Health
Goal: Increase smoking cessation among young adults in San Francisco
Method: Reach them where they are through social media
Goal: Educate the public about the need for an ordinance that restricts selling and distributing menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products
Method: Engage those communities most disproportionately affected by menthol, leverage community advocates/activists