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TReND: Low SES Women and Girls Project (Phase II): The Unintended Consequences of Tobacco Policies on Low SES Women and Girls

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TReND’s Low SES Women and Girls Project (Phase II):
The Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND) is pleased to announce the release of Tobacco Policy and Its Unintended Consequences Among Low Socioeconomic Status Women, a supplement published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and co-edited by Roland S. Moore, PhD, Deborah L. McLellan, MHS, and John A. Tauras, PhD. This supplement includes nine research papers that highlight the helpful and harmful effects of tobacco policies on low socioeconomic status women. The papers emphasize the need for strong and effective policies to curb the growing global tobacco epidemic. However, the papers also demonstrate that we must critically examine all aspects of policy implementation, extent of enforcement, and the potential for stigmatization among women who seek to comply with policies. Unintended Consequences Among Low Socioeconomic Status Women challenges researchers and policymakers to consider the full ramifications of tobacco control policies among low socioeconomic status women who have high smoking rates and low quit rates. For access to the articles, please click here.

TReND’s Low SES Women and Girls Project (Phase I):
In 2004, TReND’s investigators developed the Low Socioeconomic Status (SES) Women and Girls Project to examine the effects of tobacco policies on low SES women and girls, an important but understudied topic. A webpage has been created about the project and is available at: This project resulted in eight papers published in a special journal issue by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health in September 2006 ( disclaimer). These papers examined the effects of tobacco and social policies on smoking behavior, exposure to second-hand smoke, and on tobacco industry strategies.

Women, Tobacco, and Cancer: An Agenda for the 21st Century (2004)
builds on the 2001 Surgeon General's report on women and smoking by articulating a set of strategies to stimulate research and to prevent smoking related cancers in women. These strategies span the areas of discovery, development, delivery, partnerships, evaluation, and surveillance

Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General (2001)
summarizes smoking patterns among women and girls, the health consequences of tobacco use among women, and factors influencing tobacco use among women

Eliminating Tobacco-Related Health Disparities Summary Report (2005)
is a scientific effort to review the current research, identify gaps, and develop a comprehensive research agenda to eliminate tobacco-related disparities

Women, Tobacco, and Cancer Portfolio (2000-2004)
provides an overview of research and activities in tobacco use and tobacco-related cancers as they relate to women

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Last Updated: June 25, 2012

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