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
- African Americans
- American Indians/Alaska Natives
- Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders/Native Hawaiians
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons
- People of Low Socioeconomic Status
- Adults with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders
- Tobacco Use by Geographic Region
1998 Surgeon General's Report—Tobacco Use Among U.S. Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups
The 1998 Surgeon General’s Report is the first in the history of Surgeon General’s studies on tobacco and health to focus on tobacco use among ethnic and racial minorities.
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