Media Alert: America Lung Association Releases "Cutting Tobacco's Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities"

Washington, DC (August 6, 2012)



The American Lung Association is releasing its latest health disparity report, “Cutting Tobacco’s Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities,” which examines the prevalence of tobacco addiction and exposure to secondhand smoke in rural communities nationwide, particularly among rural youth.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012


This report provides an overview of existing research, as well as new analysis of national data that shows the disparity in rural tobacco prevalence. The report also discusses the environmental, social and cultural factors that contribute to a higher rate of tobacco use among youth and adults in rural America. It is the fifth report in the American Lung Association’s Disparities in Lung Health Series.

Rural culture in America perpetuates tobacco addiction, exposure to secondhand smoke and tobacco-related illness. For the sake of future generations, it’s time to break the cycle.


“Cutting Tobacco’s Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities,” will be available on August 15, at Contact Mary Havell,, to schedule an interview with an expert on this topic.


  • Bill Blatt, Director of Tobacco Programs, American Lung Association
  • Kimberly Horn, Ed.D., Associate Dean of Research, The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services


About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.  For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: