Tobacco-Related Disparities in Specific Populations


Ethnic group differences in the relationship between depressive symptoms and smoking
A study from Emory University shows that the relationship between smoking and depressive symptoms differs based on one’s ethnicity. Researchers examined results from the Minnesota Needs Assessment Survey to determine minorities’ smoking status and depressive symptoms. Results show that depressive symptoms were associated with a higher prevalence of smoking among Whites, African-Americans, and American Indians, but this association was not found among Latinos or Asians. The authors believe that if further research can reveal why these ethnic differences exist, then culturally specific interventions can be developed. Click here to read the study abstract published in Ethnicity & Health.

Gay adults more likely to smoke, less likely to quit
A study suggests that gay adults are more likely to smoke and less likely to be interested in quitting smoking when compared to heterosexual adults. Researchers surveyed LGBT individuals to learn about their smoking habits, intentions to quit, and their interest in smoking cessation methods. The results show that 80% of gay adults were daily smokers, and 70% said they were not thinking about quitting. While LGBT smokers were unlikely to seek out smoking cessation advice, they were no less receptive than the general population to using evidence-based smoking cessation treatments such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). The authors believe that public health campaigns should focus on motivating the LGBT community to quit smoking. Click here to read more and click here to read the study abstract published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research.



Request for AI/AN commercial tobacco abuse prevention media materials
The Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC) is working with CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health to identify educational materials, communication toolkits, or media (print, TV, radio) that have been used to support the goal of reducing commercial tobacco abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. TTAC is collecting these materials to gain a better understanding of culturally appropriate messages and identify the most effective strategies for reaching AI/AN smokers. If you have materials to contribute, please click here to complete the materials submission form or contact TTAC at with information about the materials (as outlined here) by Friday, April 6, 2012. Click here for more details about this project.

Ongoing request for practice-based evidence for LGBT tobacco prevention
Through May, the Network for LGBT Health Equity is collecting information about best and promising practices in tobacco prevention in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. The review is organized around the World Health Organization’s MPOWER model. Click here for background information about this project, specific topics of interest, and links for submitting your stories.


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