Wednesday, March 4

Ag Center's Communities of Color Network Helps Men in EBR Parish Kick the Habit

Smoking cessation program to help African American Men stop smoking
Baton Rouge, LAThe Communities of Color Network (CoC) at the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center is helping male smokers quit the habit with its new African-American Male Cessation Initiative.

The CoC will hold an educational awareness workshop at 10 a.m. on March 14 at the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Hwy. The workshop will provide African-American men with cessation resources and information about free services that are available to help them stop smoking.

These services include nicotine gum, patches and prescriptions, but participants must complete an application to see if they qualify. CoC employees will be available to assist with the completion of the application process during this event.

Non-smokers are invited to attend and learn how they can encourage their family members and friends to stop smoking as well as learn how to avoid secondhand smoke exposure.

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.

For additional information about the African American Male Cessation Initiative or the Southern University Ag Center’s Communities of Colors Network, contact Frankie Poland at 225.771.6237 or via e-mail at


LaKeeshia D. Giddens

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