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Celebrating every cigarette not smoked to build the Quit Culture

Nov 9, 2020

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When it comes to health, two forces are working against some people in Greater Cincinnati.

First, there’s COVID-19. It’s ravaging Black communities. In Cincinnati, Black residents are 44% of the population. But they made up 49% of
COVID-19 deaths as of mid-October.

What’s more, the tobacco industry has targeted Black communities for decades. Black neighborhoods have more tobacco ads. They have more stores that sell tobacco, too.

But we have the power to address some of the inequity. We can start the conversation about quitting smoking and encourage and support Black people in their journey.

The Greater Cincinnati Adult Tobacco Survey has found that 7 in 10 African American smokers in Greater Cincinnati report they are thinking about quitting cigarettes for good. And more than half of African American smokers have tried to quit in the past year.

For many people, it is not easy to quit. Nicotine is highly addictive and many people try to quit several times before they succeed.

A new initiative tackles these issues. Quit Culture, funded and operated by Interact for Health, aims to help Black adults in Greater Cincinnati reduce their tobacco use by addressing the stress and trauma that lead many to tobacco. It also gives people exciting, healthy and smoke-free ways to spend their time.

If you or someone you know is ready to quit smoking, visit www.quitculture.com. Together we can start the journey toward being tobacco-free.

Celebrando cada cigarrillo no fumado para construir la cultura del abandono

Cuando se trata de salud, dos fuerzas actúan contra algunas personas en Greater Cincinnati.

Primero, está COVID-19. Está devastando a las comunidades negras. En Cincinnati, los residentes negros son el 44% de la población. Pero representaron el 49% de las muertes por COVID-19 a mediados de octubre.

Es más, la industria tabacalera se ha centrado en las comunidades negras durante décadas. los vecindarios tienen más anuncios de tabaco. También tienen más tiendas que venden tabaco.

Pero tenemos el poder de abordar algunas de las desigualdades. Podemos iniciar la conversación sobre dejar de fumar y animar y apoyar a las personas negras en su camino.

La Encuesta sobre el Tabaco en Adultos de Greater Cincinnati ha encontrado que 7 de cada 10 fumadores afroamericanos en Greater Cincinnati informan que están pensando en dejar de fumar para siempre. Y más que la mitad de los fumadores afroamericanos han intentado dejar de fumar en el último año.

Para muchas personas, no es fácil dejar de fumar. La nicotina es muy adictiva y muchas personas intentan dejar de fumar varias veces antes de que tengan éxito.

Una nueva iniciativa aborda estos problemas. Quit Culture (Cultura del abandono), financiado y operado por Interact for Health, tiene como objetivo ayudar a los adultos negros en  Greater Cincinnati a reducir su consumo de tabaco al abordar el estrés y trauma que llevan a muchos al tabaco. También brinda a las personas formas gratuitas emocionantes, saludables y sin fumar para pasar su tiempo.

Si usted o alguien que conoce está listo para dejar de fumar, visite www.quitculture.com. Juntos podemos iniciar el viaje hacia una vida libre de tabaco.


Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master’s of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department. 

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