Know the Facts
Cigarette smoking increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, which are the leading causes of death for Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.
Among Hispanics/Latinos, smoking is much more common among men (17.0%) than women (8.6%).
According to published surveys, smoking is more common among Puerto Ricans than among other Hispanic/Latino populations in the United States.
|Subpopulation||Cigarette Smoking Rate|
|Central or South American||20.2%|
For More Information
- Detailed Statistics For detailed statistics on how smoking affects groups across the United States, please see our Current Cigarette Smoking Among Specific Populations — United States on our Cigarette Smoking in the United States page.
Real Stories: Hispanics/Latinos Featured in Tips
Learn the real stories of Hispanics/Latinos who are suffering from illness or health conditions as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Meet Jessica. Jessica, age 28, lives in New York and has never smoked. Her son, Aden, was diagnosed with asthma at age 3, and exposure to secondhand smoke has triggered asthma attacks.
Meet Mariano. Mariano, 55, lives in Illinois. He started smoking at 15. In 2004, he had open heart surgery and barely escaped having a heart attack. He quit smoking — grateful for a second chance at life.
Learn more about all Tips participants in our Real Stories section.
You can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Quitline coaches can answer questions, help you develop a quit plan, and provide support.
Free help to quit smoking is available through the following Spanish-language quitline:
Medicare currently covers quit-smoking treatments. The benefit covers two tobacco cessation attempts per year and up to four face-to-face counseling sessions per attempt.
Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act that take effect in 2014 will expand private health insurance and Medicaid coverage of proven quit-smoking treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved cessation medications.
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- CDC/Office on Smoking and Health
4770 Buford Highway
Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3717