African American People and Commercial Tobacco: Health Disparities and Ways to Advance Health Equity
Everyone deserves a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This is called health equity. Achieving health equity means addressing system-wide problems, unfair practices, and unjust conditions that have a negative impact on the health of specific groups. In order to achieve health equity, we work to eliminate health disparities. Health disparities are differences in health outcomes that are closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental factors, that affect Black/African American people.† To improve health equity, we must consider the role of commercial tobacco.*
How Black/African American people experience a health burden from commercial tobacco
How they harm Black/African American people and drive health disparities
How Black/African American people need more protection from secondhand smoke exposure
How Black/African American people encounter these barriers and strategies that can be used to help quit smoking
† The terms Black/African American refer to non-Hispanic people of African descent living in the US. When the single terms “Black,” “non-Hispanic, Black,” are used, this corresponds with how terms are used in corresponding published research studies.