The New Hampshire (NH) Disability & Public Health Project created a new data brief entitled, “New Hampshire Adults with Disabilities Are Motivated to Quit Smoking”. To better understand smoking trends and attempts to quit among people with disabilities in NH, the NH Disability and Public Health Project (DPH) worked with the NH Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program to add new questions to the QuitNow-NH intake survey.
The Ohio Disability and Health Program has developed a fact sheet to raise awareness regarding smoking disparities faced by Ohioans with disabilities.
For further information, please contact Ann Robinson, Program Coordinator, Ohio Disability and Health Program.
Overview Smoking accounts for half a million deaths every year and is of particular concern among people with disabilities (PWD). PWD have unmet healthcare needs and disparities in overall health, chronic health conditions, and health risk behaviors. People with disabilities are especially at risk for smoking and smoking-related illness. According to 2014 data, approximately 662,107 people with disabilities in the United States were current smokers, half of whom reported trying to quit within the past year. Ohio has one of the highest smoking rate disparities (18.5%) in the United States for people with disabilities compared to people without disabilities. These findings suggest a need for effective and targeted smoking cessation programs that are accessible and culturally appropriate for people with disabilities.