Please join us Friday, May 10 at 11am (RG 5000) for a guest presentation from Corinne Graffunder, DrPH, MPH, the Director of the Office on Smoking and Health at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Graffunder will present "Best Practices in Public Health: A Roadmap from Tobacco Prevention and Control."
She joined the Centers for Disease Contro l and Prevention (CDC) in 1987 and has 30+ years of experience working with national, state and local prevention efforts. She has held leadership positions in CDC’s Oce of the Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control. As Deputy Associate Director for Policy, Oce of the Director, she worked with the U.S. Surgeon General, leading the development of the first ever National Prevention Strategy: America’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness. She also worked to strengthen collaboration between public health, health care, and other sectors playing a key role in advancing CDC’s population health interests and priorities.
About the Presentation
Best Practices in Public Health Impact: A Roadmap from Tobacco Prevention and Control
- Corinne M. Graffunder, DrPH, MPH
Since the release of the landmark 1964 Surgeon General’s Report that unequivocally linked cigarette smoking with lung cancer and other diseases, smoking rates among adults and youth in the U.S. have significantly declined. In 2017, approximately 14 percent of U.S. adults were current cigarette smokers, a 67 percent decline since 1965 (42%).
This public health success is attributable to a variety of factors including a focus on a comprehensive approach to tobacco control and prevention policies and programs, grassroots activities, and coalition building. Yet, despite the dramatic declines in smoking prevalence, tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Currently, approximately 34 million US adults continue to smoke cigarettes, over 16 million people live with at least one disease caused by smoking, and 58 million nonsmoking Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke.
Large disparities in tobacco use remain across groups defined by race, ethnicity, educational level, and socioeconomic status and across regions of the country. For example, in 2017 the smoking rate among who earned a GED was 37% compared to 4% among those with a graduate degree.
This presentation will draw on the lessons learned from more than a half century of public health efforts in tobacco control and prevention, highlight strengths and challenges within the current landscape, and discuss future implications for public health leadership, research and practice more broadly.
“The all-time low in cigarette smoking among U.S. adults is a tremendous public health accomplishment – and it demonstrates the importance of continued proven strategies to reduce smoking,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D. “Despite this progress, work remains to reduce the harmful health effects of tobacco use.” (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Press Release, 2018).
Time for Q&A will be allotted following the presentation.