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 Snapshot of Health Disparities in 29203

       Approximately 45,605 people

       83.8% African American

       14.1% White

       0.1% Other

       30% of residents are uninsured

       50% of residents have Medicaid/Medicare

       20% of residents have private insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield)

       30.3% living in poverty: One in three residents live in poverty, twice the poverty rate of SC

       One of the highest amputation rates due to diabetes in the US

       57.1% considered low income

       More that 60% of the population is overweight

       11% 65 + yrs

       Per capital income is almost ½ of Richland Co & 70% of SC

      2010 Inpatient & Emergency Room expenditure: $254 million Total, ER $54 million

      Equals an average of $7,358 per person

      Top Five Non-Emergency ER visits 2010

  §  Pediatric ENT

     ​§  Adult ENT

     §  Asthma

     §  Kidney

      §  Adult Dental

Quit Smoking

Basic Info:

Before quitting cigarettes:

  • Set a firm date to stop on and put it in your calendar. This is important so that you can prepare yourself both mentally and physically for your transition to a healthier lifestyle.
  • Throw away all old cigarette cartons, packs, ashtrays, lighters, and cigarette butts that are at your home and work.
  • If you live with another smoker, try and quit together to reduce temptations.
  • Make a list of all the reasons you want to quit and carry it in your pocket everywhere you go. ​


Once you quit, keep yourself busy and try to avoid stressful situations and places where you might run into other smokers. Try to get a healthy night of sleep every night and avoid caffeine when possible.

When you find yourself needing a cigarette:

  • Take some deep breaths
  • Read the list of reasons you wanted to quit
  • Go for a walk
  • Chew some gum
  • Call a friend or a hot-line that will help you through your cravings
  • Keep yourself busy


  • Free hotline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) from 8am to 3am.

  • Free hotline: 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-800-448-7848) from 8am to 8pm.

  • Online help:

  • Complete guide to quitting from the American Cancer Society: Click here

  • Palmetto Healthcare Smoking Cessation Program (free).  89% of the people who participated last year are no longer smoking.  It is free to people living in Richland, Lexington, or Fairfield counties.  For information, call 803-296-2273

  • More information about smoking cessation from the S.C. Tobacco-Free Collaborative: