How Communities Can Help People Lower Their Lung Cancer Risk

Photo of people in the Arkansas State Fair.

In 2015, the Arkansas Cancer Coalition worked with state fair officials to develop a policy to prohibit tobacco use during the fair in an effort to protect patrons from secondhand smoke. Fairgrounds are now tobacco-free. Read the story.

State and local communities can play an important role in helping people lower their lung cancer risk by using evidence-based approaches to—

  • Reduce minors’ access to tobacco products and e-cigarettes.
  • Help people quit using tobacco products.
  • Help people avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Reduce people’s exposure to radon.
  • Encourage people to be screened for lung cancer as recommended.

We offer some important resources below to help you connect with others and learn about approaches that have been shown to work.

Cancer and Tobacco Control Programs

CDC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and National Tobacco Control Program provide funding and technical support to state and territorial health departments. Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2014 helps states build and maintain effective tobacco control programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use.

Community Preventive Services Task Force

The Community Preventive Services Task Force has reviewed a variety of public health interventionsexternal icon designed to help people quit using tobacco, prevent minors from starting to use tobacco, and help people avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.

Evidence-Based Cancer Control Programs

The National Cancer Institute’s Evidence-Based Cancer Control Programs websiteexternal icon contains evidence-based cancer control interventions and program materials. It is designed to provide program planners and public health practitioners easy and immediate access to research-tested materials. See their list of tobacco control evidence-based programs.external icon

Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN)

The CPCRN created an interactive training curriculumexternal icon to help community program planners and health educators develop skills in using evidence-based approaches, and learn about new tools for planning and evaluating community health interventions.

Principles of Community Engagement (Second Edition)

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s Principles of Community Engagement (Second Edition) gives public health professionals, health care providers, researchers, and community leaders and organizations guidance for joining with community partners in projects that may affect them. This guide can be used by people in a range of roles, from the program funder who needs to know how to engage the community, to the researcher or leader needing hands-on, practical information for getting people to partner in their research.

Page last reviewed: September 22, 2020