For Immediate Release: 11/23/2015
Contact: Thai Vue, (608)781-4487
Smoking is down statewide, but new numbers show tobacco affects some more than others
Onalaska, WI –The Great American Smokeout is this past Thursday November 19. This year, there’s good news and bad news when it comes to tobacco use in Wisconsin. The good news is that according to new data from the state’s Department of Health Services, overall smoking in Wisconsin sits at an all-time low of 17%. The bad news? The same data show Wisconsin’s most vulnerable populations smoking at alarming rates.
The Department’s 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) reports that the following groups smoke at rates nearly double the state average of 17%:
•Individuals earning an income of less than $24,000
•Individuals with less than a high school degree
•Individuals enrolled in Medicaid
In addition to the groups listed above, adults that identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer/Questioning are as much as 40% more likely to smoke than the general public. Also, nearly a third of Wisconsin adults diagnosed with depression currently smoke.
Here in Wisconsin, the Asian American Tobacco Prevention Network of
Wisconsin operates by the Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Association, Inc. (WUCMAA) continues to educate the Hmong and Asian communities on the effect of smoking, second hand smoke and the use of Other Tobacco Products.
For more on the Asian American Tobacco Prevention Network of Wisconsin’s efforts to address Hmong and Asians tobacco use in Wisconsin, please call Thai Vue, (608)781-4487 or Cell. Phone at (608)518-8536. If you use tobacco and want to quit, call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW for free help and medications.
The 2014 BRFSS report can be found at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publication/p43073.pdf.