Geographic Regions and Commercial Tobacco: Health Disparities and Ways to Advance Health Equity

Photo of two men and a woman in a regional setting.

Everyone deserves a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This is called health equity. Achieving health equity means addressing systemwide 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, or differences in health outcomes that are closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental factors.

To improve health equity for everyone, no matter where they live, we must consider the role of commercial tobacco.*

*“Commercial tobacco” means harmful products that are made and sold by tobacco companies. It does not include “traditional tobacco” used by Indigenous groups for religious or ceremonial purposes.