Academic Study Finds Racial Differences in Smoking Behavior

no-smokingA new study led by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health documents racial differences in smoking behavior. The study found that African American are less likely than Whites to begin smoking in their teen years when most people who smoke start their habits. But, Blacks are less likely than Whites to quit smoking once they get older. As a result, for those who do smoke, Blacks tend to have a longer average duration of exposure to the harmful effects of tobacco use.

Theodore Holford, the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health and the lead author of the study, stated that “racial differences in smoking initiation, cessation, and intensity give rise to substantial differences in risk for tobacco-related diseases. Further research is needed to quantify these effects for specific diseases, but this study shows that commonly used measures may give rise to disparities in access to lifesaving interventions.”

The article,Comparison of Smoking History Patterns Among African American and White Cohorts in the United States Born 1890 to 1990,” was published on the website of the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. It may be accessed here. Researchers from Georgetown University and the University of Michigan participated in the study.

Related Articles

1 COMMENT

  1. African-Americans are plaqued by stress throughout their lives. So, it comes as a no surprise, when they do start smoking, they maybe less likely to weaned off the habit because cigarette smoking simply relieves stress.

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Alcorn State University Announces Unique STEM-Focused MBA Degree Program

The new STEM-MBA program at Alcorn State, the first of its kind in the state of Mississippi, will prepare students to become business leaders in STEM industries through courses on foundational STEM and business concepts, as well as data analysis and strategic decision-making.

Five Black Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities Across the United States

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to dean positions at universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@jbhe.com.

PNC Partners With Howard University to Empower Black Entrepreneurship

The Howard University and PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship aims to support and educate Black entrepreneurs from across the country. The collaborative initiative includes three other HBCU partners: Morgan State University, Clark Atlanta University, and Texas Southern University.

Saida Grundy Wins Race, Gender, and Class Book Award From the American Sociology Association

Dr. Grundy's book, Respectable: Politics and Paradox in Making the Morehouse Man, explores the culture and experiences of graduates from Morehouse College in Atlanta, the country's only historically Black college for men.

Featured Jobs