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Examines a wide range of problems and issues associated with the phenomenon of coalition building for health promotion.

Coalitions Combating Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use
Coalitions combating alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use
Introduction

Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use has devastating effects on African American communities. Large numbers of people smoke, drink alcohol, or use illicit drugs, and although recent data suggest that the prevalence of ATOD use is declining, the numbers are still alarming. In 1994, more than 48 million people smoked, 110 million used alcohol, and 12 million had used an illicit drug (USDHHS, 1994b). Much progress is needed to achieve the Healthy People 2000 objectives (Table 4.1) to reduce the use of these harmful substances and the associated health risks.

The difficulty of eliminating substance abuse and tobacco use is related to the complex, multiple factors that contribute to the ...

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