Baton Rouge, LA – The Communities of Color Network (CoC) in the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center is helping male smokers quit the habit with its new African-American Male Cessation Initiative.
Through educational awareness workshops, the initiative will provide African-American men with cessation resources and information about free services that may be available to help them stop smoking.
These services include nicotine gum, patches and prescriptions, but they must complete an application to see if they qualify. CoC employees will be available to assist with the completion of the application process during several kick-off events that will be held throughout the state.
Kick-off locations and dates are:
Bridge City Community Center
301 3rd Street
Bridge City, LA 70094
Contact Person: Hendrix Broussard
Greater St. Mary Baptist Church
58820 W. W. Harleaux Street
Plaquemine, LA 70764
Contact Person: Frankie Poland
St. Landry Parish
Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives
1209 Diesi Street
Opelousas, LA 70570
Contact: Troy Kennedy
Christian Love Center
3515 Hudson Blvd.
Alexandria, LA 71302
Contact: Shawntell Harrell
Southern University at Shreveport
3050 Doctor Martin Luther King Drive
Jessie Stone Building
Shreveport, LA 71107
Contact: Urina Holt
"This initiative will begin the process of improving and perpetuating the health and well-being of African-American males,” stated Linda Early Brown, Communities of Color Network Director. “When this population upholds a tobacco-free lifestyle, they will affect change throughout their circle of influence and positive health outcomes will be imminent."
Non-smokers are invited to attend and learn how they can encourage their family members and friends to stop smoking.
Funding for the initiative is provided through a smoking cessation trust grant by the Louisiana Public Health Institute/The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living.
The Communities of Color Network provides support and technical assistance to African-American communities to ensure they are well-informed about the dangers of tobacco, and understand how to protect themselves from unhealthy exposure.
Its mission is to eliminate health inequalities caused by or related to tobacco use among Louisiana communities of color by building coalitions, increasing awareness of the dangers of tobacco, and reducing tobacco consumption and secondhand smoke exposure.