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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

Cease Project, a Faith-Based Project for African Americans

YoLanda S. Lewis, MS, Community and Faith Based Initiatives, First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Road, Columbus, OH 43232 and Victoria Wilder Crews, CEASE Tobacco Project, New Beginnings Christian Community Revitalization Corporation, 3480 Refugee Road, Columbus, OH 43232.

Objective: The C.E.A.S.E. (Changing Environment and Attitudes for Smoking Elimination) Project is funded by the Ohio Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Foundation to reduce tobacco use among African American adults; educate adults and youth of the dangers of secondhand smoke; and prevent tobacco use among youth in Central Ohio through faith-based and culturally specific approaches.

Methods: The Project engaged and trained twenty (20) local African American churches to provide tobacco cessation classes to adult smokers using a modified Stages of Change model enhanced with African American faith-based imagery; secondhand smoke presentations to youth and adults using “Not in My Temple” curriculum; and tobacco prevention classes to youth using a modified Office of National Drug Control Policy prevention model.

Results: The cessation program enrolled 35 adults with six (6) participants reported being tobacco-free after the six week session. Approximately 61.2% reported that the cessation program had helped them to use less tobacco. The prevention program found that 59 % of the youth reported never using tobacco products. Sixty-five (65%) percent of the youth reported an intent to never use tobacco. The average age of participants was 14.5 years old. The secondhand smoke program found that 77% of the participants who attended the workshop had increased their awareness and knowledge of the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Each of the church partners has a posted tobacco free policy in their buildings.