Creating Culturally Specific Cessation Spaces

Creating Culturally Specific Cessation Spaces

Generally, having a sense of community is something that most of us strive to achieve. We see great importance in having surrounding peers who look like us and can understand us. So what about having culturally specific tobacco cessation spaces? While the Black community is the most targeted by the tobacco industry, Black folks often don’t have the support of wellness spaces specific to our needs, or at least to the capacity of our counterparts. 

Generally, having a sense of community is something that most of us strive to achieve. We see great importance in having surrounding peers who look like us and can understand us. So what about having culturally specific tobacco cessation spaces? While the Black community is the most targeted by the tobacco industry, Black folks often don’t have the support of wellness spaces specific to our needs, or at least to the capacity of our counterparts.  

We know from various studies that there are certain needs among the Black community that can be acknowledged in order to create successful, culturally specific tobacco cessation spaces. These include but are not limited to:

  • Programs led by trained African-American professionals 
  • The opportunity to connect with other African-Americans interested in quitting smoking, or vaping
  • Culturally specific vaping cessation programming and marketing 
  • Incorporation of both prevention and smoking & vaping cessation related marketing 
  • Better understanding of cultural issues related to tobacco use and vaping cessation.

  • Incorporating the aforementioned programming will benefit the expansion of tobacco cessation within New Mexico’s Black community because we will make cessation support more accessible. Feeling supported in spaces where people don’t look like or understand us can be very discouraging. Yet if we take the time to develop culturally specific spaces, the existence of great cultural awareness will not cease to elevate us. 


    Ultimately, a major part of the effort to develop culturally specific smoking and vaping cessation and wellness spaces in our community lies in our own call to action. By connecting with other Black professionals and individuals in New Mexico looking to take part in local public health efforts, we can build spaces based upon the knowledge of those within our community. Thus, we can ensure that the level of cultural awareness of those support systems aligns with our needs as people seeking support.

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