186554 “Reaching 18-24 Year Old Men with Tobacco Programming through Job-Readiness Programs”

Monday, October 27, 2008

Alison Tartaglia, MSPH, CHES , Office of Government and Community Relations, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Lisa Ulmer, MSW, ScD , Department of Community Health and Prevention, School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Cynthia Livingston, MSW , Office of Government and Community Relations, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
George James, MFT , University City Office, Council For Relationships, Philadelphia, PA
Adonis Banegas, MSHEd , Circle of Care/Family Planning Council, Philadelphia, PA
While young adults have higher rates of smoking than do older adults, their quitting rates are lower and rarely does this age group utilize traditional cessation methods. Young men, in particular those not in traditional college settings or job settings, are even less likely to access these programs. Drexel University has been utilizing organizations and agencies that provide job-readiness programs, GED programming and life skills classes to reach this population with great success. By working in places where the population are, many barriers to seeking cessation/reduction programs were addressed thereby increasing program success.

Learning Objectives:
Attendees will be able to: 1) list strategies to integrate tobacco reduction/cessation programs into existing job readiness programs; 2) identify themes that are important in working with this population; 3) understand what future research is needed in order to successfully assist young men with cessation.

Keywords: Tobacco, Male Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: MSPH, CHES with 7 years of tobacco related work and 2 prior presentations at APHA (1 oral, 1 poster).
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.