Geographic Regions 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 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.*
How people in some geographic regions experience a health burden from commercial tobacco
How they harm people in some geographic regions and drive health disparities
How people in all geographic regions need more protection from secondhand smoke exposure
How people in some geographic regions encounter these barriers and strategies that can be used to help quit smoking