September 5, 2014
A recent report indicates that the incidence (# per 100,000 residents) of lung/bronchus cancer in El Paso County has dropped from 48/100,000 in 1995 to 30.9/100,000 in 2011. This is about a 35% drop. The state incidence dropped about 30% during the same period. El Paso’s age-adjusted rate is also much lower than the state’s overall.
Decreased adult smoking likely contributed to the reduction in the incidence of lung cancer in El Paso.
A Smoke Free Paso del Norte is associated with a reduction in adult smoking from 21.5% in 1996 to 14.7% % in 2012. This history of success largely is due to the comprehensive and coordinated approach, which is based on the CDC’s best practice model. The elements of this model include:
• preventing initiation among youth and young adults; • promoting quitting among adults and youth; • eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke; and • identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups.
Key successes include a strong clean indoor air ordinance, a regional quitline (534-QUIT), research-based media campaigns, a strong tobacco control network, and an internet-based cessation service (http://www.smokefree.quitnet.com/).
Recent successes include the implementation of a tobacco-free policy at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and the implementation of smoke-free policy in all communities in the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso by January 2015.
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May 18, 2020
The Paso del Norte Complete Count Committee has partnered with Rep. César Blanco’s office, NALEO, ELP County, the League of Women Voters and more to train local volunteers for a Census Phone Banking program. Volunteers will be trained to call El Pasoans in hard-to-count (HTC) communities and ask if they have…