COVID-19 has revealed many ways that the health care system has overlooked and underserved communities of color. And among the issues that have come to the forefront is tobacco use — one of the major public health challenges facing Black communities.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids hosted a webinar about health disparities and tobacco use that gave young people — alongside Black health experts — the chance to share strategies to loosen tobacco’s grip on communities of color.
“Black people have always been at a disadvantage when it comes to getting resources in their communities and schools. Taking the extra step to put resources where youth can access them is crucial so they can educate themselves to make the best decisions for their health,” said Alyssa Williams, a 19-year-old youth ambassador with the campaign.