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The Health Impact of Tobacco Use among People with Disabilities

Originally presented on June 20, 2019

Erin Sinisgalli, MPH, MCHES®

Director, Community Health Programs
St. Peter's Health Partners

Scott McIntosh, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Rochester Medical Center

In New York State, there are slightly more than three million adults with disabilities, and people with disabilities have higher rates of tobacco use than other adults. Furthermore, adult smokers with disabilities are a significant portion of all adult smokers, comprising approximately one-third of the estimated 2 million smokers in New York State. People with disabilities are at increased risk for smoking-related illness experience poorer health outcomes, and are less likely to receive recommended preventive health care services than other groups. Understanding the challenges people with disabilities face in order to participate in programs and activities that promote health is crucial. With careful translation, comprehensive strategies are available that can help people with disabilities reduce their tobacco use. This webcast will review the patterns and health impacts of tobacco use among people with disabilities, as well as strategies medical and health professionals can use to help reduce their tobacco use.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on the patterns and health impacts of tobacco use among people with disabilities, as well as strategies medical and health professionals can use to help reduce their tobacco use.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the webcast, viewers will be able to:

  • Explain the impact of disproportionate tobacco use on the overall health of people with disabilities;
  • List barriers to smoking cessation for people with disabilities; and
  • Identify strategies providers can implement to overcome challenges faced by people with disabilities who use tobacco.

Target Audience
Public health professionals, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, local health department staff and other medical and public health professionals.

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Disclosure Statements

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

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Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until June 30, 2022.

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