Tobacco-Related Disparities

African American boy

African American children are more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke.

Diverse group of young adults

Programs that reflect cultural diversity are key to tobacco prevention and control efforts.

All population groups are negatively affected by tobacco use

All population groups are negatively affected by tobacco use.

Although cigarette smoking has declined significantly since 1964, disparities in tobacco use remain across groups defined by race, ethnicity, educational level, and socioeconomic status and across regions of the country.

Population Groups and Tobacco Use
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