Tobacco Nation: the deadly state of smoking disparity in the U.S.

October 4, 2017

This report profiles a collection of 12 contiguous states stretching from the upper Midwest to the South. In the region of the country we’ve termed “Tobacco Nation,” smoking prevalence exceeds not only the national average, but that of many of the most tobacco-dependent countries in the world. Simply put, Tobacco...

Community Health Improvement Plan 2017-2019, Johnson County, Kansas

April 12, 2017

Johnson County's Community Health Improvement Plan based on the county's health assessment.

Budget Basics: Child Welfare

February 1, 2017

Child welfare programs focus on the safety and protection of children and youth in Missouri. Preventing child abuse and neglect (CA/N) has profound implications, not only for protection of children in the short-term, but to prevent damaging and costly long-term consequences. The lifetime cost of CA/N per child has been...

State of Tobacco Control 2017: Missouri Report Card

January 25, 2017

The “State of Tobacco Control” report documents the progress and failures of the states and the federal government to address tobacco use, and the report assigns grades based on whether federal and state laws protect Americans from the enormous health toll tobacco use takes on lives and the economy. This...

The 500 Cities Project: Local data for better health

December 26, 2016

The 500 Cities Project: The purpose of this project is to identify, analyze, and report city and census tract-level data, obtained using small area estimation methods, for a select number of chronic disease measures for the 500 largest American cities. Measures include unhealthy behaviors (e.g., current smoking), health outcomes (e.g., coronary...

Examining the unfolding of the Tobacco 21 movement in the Kansas City metropolitan area

November 16, 2016

“This has worked better and faster than we ever imagined. Almost better and faster than we can manage at times…” The Tobacco 21 movement in the Kansas City metropolitan area unfolded in a unique way, characterized by widespread rapid uptake and the use of non-traditional partnerships. The Kansas City metropolitan...

Reducing tobacco retailer density: A local tool to prevent tobacco use

July 1, 2016

Licensing and zoning are both tools that may be used to impact tobacco retailers. Both licensing and zoning enable governments to condition retailing, as well as to control the number or location of retailers. Licensing is commonly used to regulate business operations, and zoning is used to regulate the use...

Health effects of e-cigarettes: Issue brief #2 in a series of three on e-cigarettes

February 10, 2016

Key points of the brief include: The negative health effects of nicotine are well-documented, especially for children. Nicotine is generally harmful for the human brain, particularly during developing years. Nicotine poisoning also poses risk and can be deadly. Many studies indicate that e-cigarette vapor is less harmful than conventional cigarette...

E-cigarettes and their use in the U.S. and Kansas: Issue brief #1 in a series of three on e-cigarettes

February 3, 2016

Key points of the brief include: E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices used to inhale vapor—normally containing nicotine—and they are sold in many different styles, colors and flavors. The number of teens who have ever tried e-cigarettes has risen significantly across the U.S. between 2011 and 2014. However, Kansas data has not...

Policy Statement on Increasing the Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21

January 20, 2016

Tobacco21 policies increase the age of sale for tobacco products to 21. Since most teens report getting their tobacco products from older teens, Tobacco21 policies cut off the supply chain to reduce teen smoking. Over 80% of area high school seniors are older than 18 on graduation day; they are...

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