Our June resource recap kicks off with two articles that hit quite close to home, featured in the American Journal of Public Health.
A systems analysis examined the cross-collaborations of five of the six national tobacco disparity networks, including us! The examination concluded that, “statistical network modeling promises to be a useful tool for understanding how public health systems such as networks and coalitions can be used to improve the nation’s health.” The 2nd article featured the state the Network calls home: Massachusetts. LGBT disparities are highlighted through high quality state data from 2001-2008, concluding a 2x to 2.4x higher rate of smoking for lesbian, gay, and bisexual men and women.
A new study published online last month in Nicotine & Tobacco Research shows that menthol cigarettes are more addictive than general tobacco, with potentially increased oral exposure to carcinogens among users of menthol-flavored cigarettes and chewing tobacco. CNN also recently debated the idea of the implications of banning menthol tobacco products altogether. Kaiser Health News‘ addresses the effects of prevention in health care reform utilizing tobacco as an example is worth a look too!
HIV data and its implications were also a highlight in resources this month. A 12-year study on people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Seattle was included in March’s issue AIDS and Behavior. Conclusions released compared never smokers to current smokers, finding individuals with an increased dose and/or duration of smoking at greater risk of all-cause mortality. Suggestions included further research on the matter and tailored cessation for PLWHA. The Center of Excellence for Transgender HIV Prevention also released “Recommendations for Inclusive Data Collection of Trans People in HIV Prevention, Care, and Services,” examining the issue of reliable inclusion of the transgender population in HIV data collection. Topics include questions to ask, helpful implementation of data collection, and resource assistance.
Lastly, Sexual Minority Youth were found to be more likely to have had acute respitorary illnesses than smokers in general. Particularly, gay/lesbian smokers were more likely to have had strep throat, and bisexual smokers were more likely to have had sinus infection, asthma, and bronchitis. Hopefully the cyber resource trend like the one John Craig, MSW is hopping on will help combat this discourse: internet smoking cessation. Several of his internet radio programs focus on smoking-cessation projects and anti-tobacco initiatives around the country. Topics range from political campaigns and anti-tobacco lobbying efforts to interviews and discussions designed for smokers themselves — if they are trying to quit or stay quit. Click here to learn how to access the recordings and help stay ahead of the trend.
This will be my last resource recap, but be sure to tune in later on this summer when our new Program Associate, Emilia Dunham, will take over ship!
-Sasha aka queerthanqueer