A peek into Tarrant County’s declining Tobacco Usage




Turnbow, Austin
Wolstein, Austin
Ali, Reiza
Lewis, Daeija
Arrigunaga, Jose


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Background Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. It is estimated that nearly half a million premature deaths can be attributed to smoking per year. Tarrant County has shown a steady decline in adult smokers in the past decade. In 2015, Fort Worth showed an adult smoking rate of 15.80%, compared to 16.70% in the state of Texas. This number dropped to 14% by 2017. To better understand future health implications, the contributing factors to this decline are discussed. Methods Through the use of data collection from a variety of community resources, a compilation of the most noteworthy efforts made towards combating tobacco addiction are identified and thoroughly evaluated. These resources are identified through tarrant211.org and the Tarrant Cares website. Results Many services use an evidence-based approach to reduce the likelihood of substance use through education, familial support, and acquiring the skills needed to live a tobacco free life. Setting goals, making good decisions, and developing a strong-willed mind set can help residents gain confidence and make healthy choices. Many of the substance abuse prevention services that are available include community coalition programs, youth prevention programs, partnership for success, and strategic prevention framework through prescriptions. Conclusions Based on the efficacy of the programs that were evaluated, it can be concluded that these resources have indeed led to a decrease in tobacco use amongst Tarrant County residents. With more widespread efforts towards combating tobacco use through various resources, Texas can become a healthier state as a whole. The resources available in Tarrant County are effective, and a tribute to local government leaders who have made it a priority to have these resources available to its residents. The returns on these investments should encourage expanded efforts, especially aimed at youth.