Hispanic and Latino People
Know the Facts
Cigarette smoking increases your risk for heart disease and cancer, which are the leading causes of death for Hispanic and Latino people in the United States.
- About 1 in 13 (7.7%) Hispanic or Latino adults in the U.S. smokes cigarettes.*
- Among Hispanic and Latino people, cigarette smoking is more common in men than women.†
Several factors connect commercial tobacco with higher levels of disease, disability, and death in different population groups. Learn more about health disparities related to commercial tobacco use that affect Hispanic and Latino people.
Learn what percent of people currently smokes cigarettes, both in the United States overall and among specific population groups.
Meet Beatrice R. Beatrice, age 40, lives in New York and formerly served in the U.S. Navy. She began smoking regularly at age 13. A mother of two, Beatrice quit smoking in 2010 because she wanted to be around for her family.
Meet Felicita R. Felicita, age 54, lives in Florida and began smoking at age 12. She didn’t know smoking could harm her gums and teeth. She lost all her teeth by age 50.
Meet Jessica S. 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 Z. Mariano, age 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.
Meet Noel S. Dessert fruitcake tart gummies bonbon icing lemon drops. Apple pie halvah marzipan sweet roll topping. Jujubes jujubes chocolate bar tart shortbread marshmallow. Caramels soufflé chocolate bar cookie tiramisu.
Meet Rose H. Rose lived in Texas and began smoking at age 13. She developed lung cancer that later spread to her brain. After many, many treatments, Rose died at age 60.
Felicita R. smoked cigarettes and lost all her teeth by age 50. She didn’t know that smoking could harm her gums and teeth.
“I feel ashamed of myself, really. I feel like I destroyed my health and my appearance with cigarettes.”
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Learn the real stories of Hispanics and Latinos who are suffering from smoking-related diseases and disabilities.
* Tobacco Product Use Among Adults – United States, 2021. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2023.
† Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2016. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 2018