Tobacco use among U.S. racial/ethnic minority groups; African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics : a report of the Surgeon General
Corporate Authors:National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.), Office on Smoking and Health.
Tobacco Use Disorder
Ethnic Groups/Tobacco Use/Statistics/United States
Minorities/Tobacco Use/Statistics/United States
Minority Groups/Statistics/United States
Tobacco Use Disorder/Ethnology/United States
Tobacco Use Disorder/Statistics/United States
Description:This Surgeon General's report on tobacco use summarizes current information on risk factors and patterns related to tobacco use among members of four major racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States: African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics. In addition, this report presents information on national and regional efforts to curtail consumption of tobacco products among members of these four groups. Previous Surgeon General's reports on smoking and health have briefly summarized findings related to one or more of the racial/ethnic groups covered in this report, but this is the first Surgeon General's report to concentrate specifically on the four major racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Several factors prompted the development of this report. First, the information in this report has never before been compiled in one source. Consequently, policymakers, community leaders, researchers, and public health workers have had difficulty determining the extent of the problem, identifying gaps in in_ formation regarding tobacco use among members of the four groups, or being aware of existing tobacco con_ trol programs that have demonstrated effectiveness. Thus, incorporating such information into the design and implementation of culturally appropriate services has been difficult. Second, the four racial/ethnic groups currently constitute about one-fourth of the population of this country, and the Bureau of the Census projects that by 2050 the non-Hispanic white population in the United States will total only 53 percent (Day 1996). Prevent_ ing health problems related to tobacco use among the individuals in racial and ethnic groups will be integral to achieving U.S. public health objectives, such as those proposed in Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS] 1991, 1995; National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS] 1994). This report contributes essential knowledge that must be incorporated into efforts to accomplish the Healthy People 2000 objectives.
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