Working Together to Live Tobacco-Free:

Joseph F. West and Charlene J. Gamboa

in Urban Health

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199731190
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866465 | DOI:
Working Together to Live Tobacco-Free:

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North Lawndale in the city of Chicago is a community that is predominantly Black, poor, and dilapidated. Smoking is a pervasive public health issue for North Lawndale compounded by the deeply rooted issues of race and class. This chapter begins with an introduction to the data on smoking prevalence for North Lawndale gathered from a comprehensive community survey. It then discusses a community-based intervention illustrating all of the features of its multi-faceted design. The intervention features a collaboration that started with a few community partners and the state public health department and grew into substantial partnerships with local community groups, schools, churches, and outreach organizations — all focused on eliminating tobacco use in North Lawndale. Finally, the chapter discusses some key outcomes and lessons learned from the intervention.

Keywords: North Lawndale; community health; public health; Black communities; smoking cessation programmes; health programmes; tobacco use

Chapter.  6712 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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