The sale and use of tobacco products is a public health concern and is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Pharmacies are places where people go to purchase medicine and products that increase their well-being and health. However, most pharmacies in the United States also sell and market the use of cigarettes in their stores. Tobacco products are known to cause more than 480,000 deaths a year in the United States. The use of tobacco affects not only those who use these products but also the environment and the individuals that live in those communities.
The Loma Linda University School of Public Health is actively engaged in addressing regional health disparities. A grant has recently been awarded to the Center for Leadership in Health Systems in the school of public health for a program designed to support community resilience and improve population health. Dr. Edward McField, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, will work with the African American Mental Health Coalition and will serve as the Principal Investigator for representing Loma Linda University.