Arkansas Launches New Anti-Smoking Campaign Among Hispanics

FEBRUARY 1, 2006 - Posted at 8:24 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas health officials launched a campaign aimed at reducing smoking among the Hispanic community.  Cesar Compadre, who heads the La Casa organization that wants to improve health care access for Hispanics, says a survey in 2002-2003 found that 41 percent of Hispanic men say they use tobacco products.

The state already has programs aimed at preventing smoking among Hispanics, but is beefing up its efforts.  The campaign will reach schools, health fairs and other community events.

In recent weeks, a hotline for Arkansans who want to stop smoking has added a Spanish-language service.

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