Smoking rates vary widely in US racial and ethnic groups

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 05 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4343
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Smoking rates in US racial and ethnic groups can vary more than twofold between subgroups, a new study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.1

The findings, CDC officials said, showed that smoking reduction efforts might be more effective if they targeted culturally appropriate interventions at those ethnic and racial subgroups with the highest prevalence of tobacco use. Bridgette Garrett, associate director for health equity in the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, said, “Looking beyond broad racial and ethnic population categories can help better focus the strategies that we know work to reduce tobacco use among subgroups with …

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