The Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network will partner with the Church Outreach Coalition of St. Gabriel’s Church of God in Christ to coordinate a week of prayer for lung cancer to raise awareness of tobacco-related lung cancer.
Participating churches will distribute educational materials, hold prayer services and convene for a collective prayer breakfast.
The week of prayer takes place Monday, Nov 15. through Sunday, Nov. 21. Prayer services are held nightly, Monday through Friday, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Inter-Denominational Church of the One Lost Sheep or Immanuel Ministries, 2567 N. 8th St.
A collective prayer breakfast will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Gabriel’s Church of God In Christ, 5363 N. 37th St.
Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death. In Wisconsin, about one-third (33%) of African Americans smoke; in comparison, one-fifth (20%) of non-minority populations smoke, and although African Americans smoke fewer cigarettes per day and begin smoking later in life, smoking-related deaths among African Americans are two times higher than whites.
Research shows they have more cases of lung and bronchus cancer than the general populations (96.5 cases per 100,000 vs. 62.5 cases per 100,000).
Tobacco continues to have a disproportionate impact on specific populations and demographics both locally and nationally. The Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) of the Department of Health Services funds five networks that are working to eliminate tobacco-related disparities.