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#RuralHealthChat: Tobacco Control and Cessation in Rural Areas

Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

People in rural areas are more likely to use tobacco products than their urban counterparts, which is especially concerning because tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Rural people begin tobacco use at an earlier age, use tobacco more heavily, and are more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke. Even more troubling, rural people have limited access to programs and resources to help them quit and limited access to the kinds of healthcare services that may become necessary as a result of tobacco use, including specialty care and chronic disease management.


  • Alycia Bayne, MPA, Senior Research Scientist, Alexa Siegfried, MPH, Senior Research Analyst, and Alana Knudson, PhD, Co-Director, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis @WalshCenter
  • The Truth Initiative @TruthInitiative
  • Bill Blatt, MPH, National Director of Tobacco Programs, American Lung Association @LungAssociation

We used the hashtag #RuralHealthChat to tweet with expert co-hosts about tobacco control and cessation in rural areas. If you’d like to see our conversation or access the many resources shared, they are all available below, via Storify.