Taking Down Tobacco in Louisiana
To be a healthier Louisiana, we need to be a tobacco-free Louisiana. Well-Ahead Louisiana supports communities and organizations as they make changes to help our residents geaux tobacco-free.
While Louisiana has made progress in the fight against tobacco use, the data shows more work is needed. We must continue to provide resources to all residents who are ready to quit tobacco for good, as well as promote tobacco-free policies. We must also elevate our efforts that encourage high school and middle school students to say “no” to vaping. By empowering organizations and leaders in our communities to play an active role in tobacco prevention and cessation, we can work toward a healthy, tobacco-free future for Louisiana.
is the nation’s leading cause of preventable disease¹
of low-income adults use tobacco²
Louisiana youth currently use tobacco products. 3,4
1 in 4
Best Practice Guidelines for a Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program
Our tobacco cessation and prevention program is built around best practices identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The components of a comprehensive tobacco control program include:
State and Community Interventions
Developing and supporting programs and policies that can be implemented at organizational, municipal and state levels to make policy, systems and environmental changes that support residents in geauxing tobacco-free
Mass-Reach Health Communications Interventions
Delivering strategic, culturally appropriate and high-impact messages to combat tobacco industry marketing strategies through media and health promotion activities
Promoting health systems change, expanding health plan coverage of proven cessation treatments and supporting Quit With Us, Louisiana
Surveillance and Evaluation
Monitoring and documenting key short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes within populations to inform program and policy directions, demonstrate program effectiveness and monitor progress on reducing health disparities.
In coordination with our statewide WellSpot Designation program, we work with organizations to implement evidence-based strategies and promote healthy choices in the spaces and places where we live, work, learn and play to promote tobacco use cessation, prevent tobacco use initiation and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke for Louisiana residents.
1 CDC National Health Report Highlights, 2013. https://www.cdc.gov/healthreport/publications/compendium.pdf
2 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2021.
3 Louisiana Youth Tobacco Survey, 2021. https://wellaheadla.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/2021_LYTS-Report.pdf.
4 US Census Bureau: 2021 5-Year ACS PUMS Microdata. https://data.census.gov/mdat/#/search?ds=ACSPUMS5Y2021&vv=AGEP(14:18)&rv=ucgid&wt=PWGTP&g=0400000US22.
By committing to geauxing tobacco-free, we are positively influencing the health our communities, one step at a time.
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