PCD News Summary for January 30, 2020

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Disparities in Smoking Cessation Among Hispanic Adults

New research shows that in 2015, Hispanic adults who tried to quit smoking were half as likely as white adults to use smoking cessation treatments. Hispanic adults make up a growing share of U.S. adult smokers, and smoking is a major preventable cause of disease and death among Hispanic adults. Researchers examined trends in cessation behaviors among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white adult cigarette smokers during 2000–2015. Using self-reported data from the National Health Interview Survey, they compared trends in quit attempts, receipt of advice to quit from a health professional, and use of cessation treatment (counseling and/or medication) among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white adult smokers. According to the report, Hispanic smokers were less likely than white smokers to receive advice to quit smoking when visiting a health care provider and were also less likely to use proven cessation treatments. Culturally competent educational initiatives directed at both providers and Hispanic communities could help eliminate this marked and persistent disparity.

Joel London
CDC, Office on Smoking and Health


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