According to the CDC the rates of smoking among people with disabilities are 50% higher than people without disabilities.
The research suggests that this is due to cessation resource accessibility. We need to ensure that people with a disability have equal access to tobacco control initiatives.
Take a few minutes of your day to read this awareness campaign page. You will learn a little more about the issue and what we think can be done.
Why does the rate of smoking differ between adults with a disability and adults without a disability?
According to the CDC on average smoking prevalence is 50% higher in adults with a disability (29.9%) when compared to adults without a disability (19.8%).
This is a significant increase, and is sizable public health disparity that needs to be addressed. But why does it exist?
While research on this subject is limited. A main contributing factor has been identified.
The CDC states that the accessibility of cessation related resources for people with a disability needs improvement.
They also state that the limited amount of tobacco control initiatives specifically for people with a disability is too low.
Sound advice considering access to comprehensive tobacco control programs is proven to reduce smoking rates.
Thankfully many organizations around the world are taking steps to try and resolve this issue.
Enabling access to cessation resources that are fully accessible to people with disabilities is the first step to solving this disparity.
Which is why at the bottom of this page we have compiled a list of, free, useful and fully accessible resources for people with (and without) disabilities to get as much assistance with tobacco cessation as they require.
This CDC is also recommending creating dedicated cessation campaigns for people with disabilities.
With this campaign we are trying to do our small part.
We hope to inspire and ignite a greater level of conversation about this topic online - ensuring it gets the attention it deserves.
Through education and awareness we can help bring this disparity to an end.
If you have any other questions about this awareness campaign, please get in contact with us using the email address here