Data shows that people with disabilities have a higher smoking rate than people without disabilities. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently highlighted how the State Disability and Health Programs provide inclusive tobacco cessation programs and services in their communities.
These state-funded programs work to improve the health of people with disabilities through evidence-based strategies. Examples of how tobacco control programs can support people with disabilities include understanding the health disparities among people with disabilities in relation to cigarette smoking rates and creating targeted smoking cessation messaging for people with disabilities.
Local health officials are encouraged to use these inclusive tobacco control programs in the communities they serve.