Development of a tobacco control “prescription” in a Southern U.S. city


Carrie E. Fry, Hilary A. Tindle, Caroline Young, Erin I. Rogus, William H. Frist, and Melinda B. Buntin. 2019. “Development of a tobacco control “prescription” in a Southern U.S. city.” Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 13, 3, Pp. 237-246.


The Problem: Nationwide efforts to reduce smoking in the United States over the past decade have been successful.  Yet, there is unequal geographic progress in reducing rates of smoking and smoking-related illnesses. Located in a tobacco-producing state with weak tobacco laws, Nashville has an adult smoking rate of 20.9%, requiring 45,000 smokers to quit to meet the Healthy People 2020 goal of 12%.
Purpose of the Article: The purpose of this article is to detail the process involved in building a community-academic partnership (CAP), gathering national and grassroots support, and devising an implementation strategy for tobacco control.
Key Points: Nashville’s collective impact approach helped prioritize short- and long-term strategies, identified potential barriers to success, created an energetic CAP, provided early “wins”, and inspired research and implementation collaborations.
Conclusion: Other communities interested in improving tobacco control could engage in a similar process to create, implement, and evaluate tailored recommendations to improve the health of its citizens.
Last updated on 10/24/2019