Policy Change/Health Equity

Communities of color and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuals and Transgenders (LGBTs) in the U.S. face some of the greatest disparities related to tobacco use and the impact of commercial tobacco. American Indians, LGBTs, Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders have some of the highest prevalence of tobacco use in the U.S. African Americans face some of the greatest burdens due to tobacco related diseases. Latinos and Asian Americans face greater exposure to secondhand smoke in the service industry. Tobacco industry documents have shown a long history of industry targeting of priority populations.

Policy Change and Equity are closely tied, which is why APPEAL continues to build coalitions across communities of color aimed at developing and integrating measures of equity. The roots of APPEAL’s work in Policy Change and Equity are our two decades of tobacco-control work even as we continue to grow our efforts and expertise. Working together across diverse communities with non-profit, community, foundation and governmental organizations and agencies we’re working toward addressing equity and health disparities through meaningful policy change.