Cutler Institute

Rural Health Staff Publish Research and Recommendations for Rural Tobacco Prevention and Control

Rural communities continue to bear a disproportionate burden of tobacco-related health harms. This report, “Advancing Tobacco Prevention and Control”, authored by research staff in the Cutler Institute, is a valuable resource for those seeking to understand the unique challenges and opportunities of tobacco control efforts in rural communities. This report was developed through a Cooperative Agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI).  "Analyzing national data, we found marked rural-urban tobacco use disparities in many subpopulations,” said Jean Talbot, PhD, MPH, lead author of the report. “To arrive at a more complete understanding of these disparities, we explored not just sociodemographic risk factors but also rural infrastructure, policy environment, and cultural norms as possible contributing factors. In doing so, we identified core strengths of rural communities that can be leveraged to support rural tobacco prevention and control, including strong social networks, high levels of community engagement, and experience in forming cross-sector collaborations.”

This report will be useful for public health professionals, health department leaders, elected officials, and tobacco control advocates to understand the unique challenges tobacco control programs face in rural communities, identify strategies and interventions that have worked, and review recommendations to improve tobacco control efforts in rural communities across the country. The link to the summary can be found here. The Executive Summary can be found here.

Research staff contributing to this report include: Martha Elbaum Williamson, Karen Pearson, Jennifer Lenardson, Erika Ziller, Frances Jimenez, Nathan Paluso, Luisa Munk, and Jaclyn Janis.

Suggested citation: Talbot JA, Williamson ME, Pearson KB et al. Advancing Tobacco Prevention and Control in Rural America. Washington, DC: National Network of Public Health Institutes; 2019.