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REDUCING TOBACCO-CAUSED CANCERS IN SAN FRANCISCO

In San Francisco, we can reduce tobacco caused cancers by addressing the groups which use tobacco the most. 

 

Anyone using tobacco products is at risk. However, young adults, low income communities, the homeless and people with mental illness have smoking rates are higher than the general population.

 

Recent Successes:
 

Menthol Ban passes in San Francisco, prompts other Bay Area Counties to follow suit!

latest research


Ling PM, Lisha NE, Neilands TB, Jordan JW. Join the Commune: A Controlled Study of Social Branding Influencers to Decrease Smoking Among Young Adult Hipsters. Am J Health Promot. 2020 Feb 20:890117120904917. doi: 10.1177/0890117120904917. [Epub ahead of print]

 

Engaging Adults Experiencing Homelessness in Smoking Cessation Through Large-Scale Community Service Events. Maya Vijayaraghavan, Dorie E Apollonio. Health Promot Pract, 20 (3), 325-327 May 2019

News:

partner organizations

  • Breathe California: Golden Gate Public Health Partnership

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health

  • San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition

  • UCSF

  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

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strategy: 
Increase smoking cessation among high risk young adults and increase availability of acceptable, accessible and effective smoking cessation resources for this population

Coordinating action on tobacco control, especially in young adults, low income communities, the homeless and people with mental illness - where smoking rates are higher than the general population.

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.

The San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition has already established four key priorities that complement tobacco control activities underway at many organizations throughout San Francisco:
 

  • Establish smoke-free multi-unit housing

  • Reduce tobacco advertising on and in stores

  • Reduce cigarette butt litter, a major contributor to the volume of toxic waste in our environment

  • Limit access to flavored tobacco products, with a focus on countering the aggressive targeting of African American communities through menthol cigarette

The SFCAN Tobacco-caused Cancers Task Force strategy:

  1. Improve smoking intervention and increase smoking cessation among low income, high risk populations in San Francisco
     

  2. Increase smoking cessation among young adults in San Francisco
     

  3. Educate the public about the need for an ordinance that restricts selling and distributing menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products 

news and updates

Overall Progress Made and Major Achievements (07/01/19-06/30/20)

Community Partnerships

This project attempts to forge a relationship between a leading Medi-Cal provider (i.e., SFHP) in San Francisco and shelters and navigation centers serving very low-income populations.

 

This project aims to increase access to cessation services for shelter clientele who might be interested in quitting smoking and are unable to access care. Our achievements to date are as follows:
 

  1. We have implemented the first phase of our program in 8 shelters and navigation centers, and trained 69 staff in basic smoking cessation counseling.

  2. We have partnered with two shelters to participate in the second and third phases of the cessation medication assistance program, and have trained one champion at the Bayshore navigation center.

  3. We have established contact and have partnered with one pharmacy that is willing to assist with on-site medication delivery for participants in the pilot program.

 

News:

  • May 5, 2019   Engaging Adults Experiencing Homelessness in Smoking Cessation Through Large-Scale Community Service 


Publications:

 

  1. Ling PM, Lisha NE, Neilands TB, Jordan JW. Join the Commune: A Controlled Study of Social Branding Influencers to Decrease Smoking Among Young Adult Hipsters. Am J Health Promot. 2020 Feb 20:890117120904917. doi: 10.1177/0890117120904917. [Epub ahead of print]
     

  2. Engaging Adults Experiencing Homelessness in Smoking Cessation Through Large-Scale Community Service Events. Maya Vijayaraghavan, Dorie E Apollonio. Health Promot Pract, 20 (3), 325-327 May 2019

Recent Successes:
 

Menthol Ban passes in San Francisco, prompts other Bay Area Counties to follow suit!

  • California Department of Education

  • HopeLab

  • Rescue Agency

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health

  • San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition

 
 

LUNG AND TOBACCO-CAUSED cancerS task force

partner organizations

San Francisco Cancer Initiative 2020

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