Illuminating a path forward for Tobacco Nation: Projected impacts of recommended policies on geographic disparities
Senior Research Associate, Truth Initiative Schroeder Institute
Emily Donovan is a Senior Research Associate at Truth Initiative in Washington, DC. In her role, Emily focuses on researching and evaluating tobacco control policies – particularly, how state and local jurisdictions can use tobacco control policies to reduce tobacco use and health disparities. Emily has led studies characterizing the comprehensiveness of state and local policies regulating tobacco retailers. Additionally, she has contributed to studies evaluating the impacts of federal, state, and local tobacco control policies such as flavored tobacco sales restrictions and taxes. Emily holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Senior Research Investigator, HealthPartners Institute
Dr. Michael Maciosek is a health economist and Senior Research Investigator at HealthPartners Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has conducted clinical interventions and public policy analyses across a broad spectrum of preventive services. Dr. Maciosek’s current work focuses on the analyses of tobacco control policy using the HealthPartners Institute’s ModelHealthTM: Tobacco microsimulation model, which he curates. He led studies in collaboration with ClearWay Minnesota to conduct simulations of the impact of Minnesota’s success in reducing the prevalence in tobacco use and currently leads an NIH-funded study to determine the population health effects of electronic nicotine delivery systems under alternative tobacco policy scenarios. Dr. Maciosek has also led economic analyses within NIH-funded studies of depression, cardiovascular disease and cancer care, policy analyses for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a decision analysis for the US Preventive Services Task Force. Before joining HealthPartners, Dr. Maciosek held a Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship at the CDC, where he supported the Task Force on Community Preventive Services and the Committee on Clinical Preventive Service Priorities.
- Describe “Tobacco Nation,” a group of 13 states in the South and Midwest of the United States which have disproportionately high rates of smoking compared to the rest of the US.
- Describe the expected trajectory of geographic disparities between Tobacco Nation and the rest of the US over 20 years in the absence of policy change (status quo scenario).
- Describe expected trajectory of geographic disparities over 20 years if Tobacco Nation states were to implement increased cigarette taxes and tobacco control expenditures (policy scenario).
- Compare status quo and policy scenarios to understand the potential impacts of strengthening tobacco control policies in Tobacco Nation.
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Anita Browning, Christine Cheng, Brian Clark, Emily Donovan, MPH, Pamela Ling, MD, MPH, Michael Maciosek, PhD, Jennifer Matekuare, Ma Krisanta Pamatmat, MPH, Catherine Bonniot Saucedo, and Aria Yow, MA.