Erin Sinisgalli, MPH, MCHES®
Director, Community Health Programs
St. Peter’s Health Partners
Geoffrey Williams, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
University of Rochester
In New York State, there are slightly more than three million adults with disabilities, and people with disabilities have higher rates of tobacco use than other adults. Furthermore, adult smokers with disabilities are a significant portion of all adult smokers, comprising approximately one-third of the estimated 2 million smokers in New York State. People with disabilities are at increased risk for smoking-related illness experience poorer health outcomes, and are less likely to receive recommended preventive health care services than other groups.
Understanding the challenges people with disabilities face in order to participate in programs and activities that promote health is crucial. With careful translation, comprehensive strategies are available that can help people with disabilities reduce their tobacco use. This webcast will review the patterns and health impacts of tobacco use among people with disabilities, as well as strategies medical and health professionals can use to help reduce their tobacco use.
By the end of the webcast, viewers will be able to: