Critical Examination of Factors Related to the Smoking Trajectory among African American Youth and Young Adults
CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health sponsored a special supplement to the journal of Nicotine & Tobacco Researchtitled Critical Examination of Factors Related to the Smoking Trajectory among African American Youth and Young Adults. The supplement focuses on disparities in tobacco use and tobacco-related health outcomes between African Americans and whites. Research studies in the supplement highlight that African Americans have disproportionately higher rates of several smoking-related diseases even though African Americans start smoking later in life and smoke fewer cigarettes per day than whites. Interventions to prevent smoking initiation and facilitate quitting among African Americans can help reduce disparities in this population. In addition, addressing other broader, systemic issues such as access to health care, screening and diagnostic services, and quality of care may help reduce disparities in morbidity and mortality from tobacco-attributable disease.