African Americans

Know the Facts

Smoking cigarettes puts you at risk for heart disease, cancer, and stroke, which are among the leading causes of death for African Americans in the United States.

  • About 1 in 7 (14.4%) non-Hispanic Black adults in the U.S. smokes cigarettes.*

Learn what percent of people currently smoke cigarettes, both in the United States overall and among specific populations.

Real Stories: African Americans Featured in Tips®

Learn the real stories of African Americans who are suffering from smoking-related diseases and disabilities, and the family members who take care of them.

Leonard

Geri M., age 58, smoked menthol cigarettes and was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at age 44. She would get easily winded, and at age 54, she had to quit working as a mail carrier because it was too taxing on her health.

“If I can help even one person to quit, then I’ve turned my curse into a blessing.”

Today I start my quit journey. Free resources provided by smokefree.gov

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Real Stories: African Americans Featured in Tips®

Learn the real stories of African Americans who are suffering from smoking-related diseases and disabilities, and the family members who take care of them.

Geri M.

Geri M., age 58, smoked menthol cigarettes and was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at age 44. She would get easily winded, and at age 54, she had to quit working as a mail carrier because it was too taxing on her health.

“If I can help even one person to quit, then I’ve turned my curse into a blessing.”

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Learn more about all Tips® participants in our Real Stories section.

Today I start my quit journey. Free resources provided by smokefree.gov

*Tobacco Product Use Among Adults – United States, 2020. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2022.