Healthy Air

Healthy Air Starts Here: The Louisiana Tobacco Coalition

In 2015, the Well-Ahead Louisiana Healthy Air team was tasked with creating a five-year strategic plan for tobacco control.  Through a series of five meetings,  our team began the strategic planning process for what has evolved into the Louisiana Tobacco Coalition.  We worked with national, state, and regional organizations to create the plan. These partners each play a critical role in contributing experience, expertise and local knowledge to tobacco control. In March 2016, the Coalition finalized the plan.  It included the six goals below:

 

  1. Prevent the Initiation of Tobacco Use Among Young People
  2. Eliminate Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
  3. Promote Quitting Among Adults and Young People
  4. Eliminate Disparities Related to Tobacco Use
  5. Statewide Coordination and Evaluation/Surveillance
  6. Coordinated Communication

These are key components that successfully combat the issue of tobacco use.  To ensure execution of the Strategic Plan, the Coalition holds quarterly calls.  During these calls, partners provide updates of the plan’s activities.  
In addition, a Sustainability Team was formed within the Coalition.  Over the last year, this team has worked to ensure further coordination between partners. Last summer, a survey was circulated to assess partner needs.  Survey results showed that ongoing efforts should support: aligning organizational resources, understanding priority populations, and promoting long-term systemic and policy changes.

 

In May, the Well-Ahead Healthy Air team hosted an in-person Coalition meeting to review the work of Year One and to plan for work in Year Two.  The Coalition is excited to release its first Annual Report later this year. Special thanks to our tobacco partners.  We appreciate your continuous coordination, engagement and commitment to tobacco control in Louisiana.  To learn more about the work the Louisiana Tobacco Coalition’s Strategic Plan, click here.

 

Did You Know?

  • Despite recent national declines in tobacco use, it remains the leading cause of preventable death in United States.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, cigarette use in Louisiana was 21.9% among adults (18 years and older), higher than the reported national average of 15.1%.
  • In Louisiana, 13.2% of middle school students and 27.6% of high school students use tobacco (YRBS 2015).   

Moving Louisiana’s Health Forward

The Louisiana Tobacco Coalition supports a statewide coordinated approach to tobacco control in Louisiana. With its partners, Well-Ahead Louisiana’s Tobacco Control Program continues to provide resources and data needed to combat tobacco use in Louisiana. As a result, we expect to see continued increases in availability and accessibility to tobacco cessation resources statewide, and a decrease in tobacco initiation rates.  This will ultimately lead to a decrease in tobacco use over time.

 

Are you passionate about tobacco control? Join the Louisiana Tobacco Coalition to move Louisiana’s health forward! Email wellahead@la.gov to learn more.  Together, we can ensure that Louisiana residents have access to tobacco cessation services and can breathe air free from tobacco smoke.