CDC, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently revealed the smoking rates according to racial groups. Despite the latest progress in convincing Americans to quit smoking, some ethnic groups still have high smoking rates, according to the studies.
CDC representatives believe that by analyzing the racial and ethnic population categories, they can better develop personalized strategies to help reduce tobacco consumption among subgroups that have registered higher rates of use.
The CDC found that smoking rates for African-Americans and whites have considerably declined since the last studies. In 2002-2005, the rate was around 27 percent for both of these groups. From 2010 to 2013, the rate dropped by about 2 percent.
One of the biggest drops in their smoking rates, from 31 % to 23 %, was felt by the native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders in the United States. An unusual growth of the rates was felt by the Alaska Natives and the American Indians, the research found.
U.S Hispanics also registered a drop in overall smoking, from 24 percent to 20 percent, recent studies have shown.
For Asian Americans, the overall smoking rate fell from 14.5 percent to 11 percent. Within this group, many subgroups had lower cigarettes consumption rates, including Chinese and Japanese. Simultaneously, Filipinos and Vietnamese have been proved to have higher rates. Among these group, studies have shown that Koreans smoked the most, around 20 percent.
The CDC noted that Puerto Ricans recorded the highest rates of smoking at just under 29 percent, followed by the Cubans with 20 percent, Mexicans with 19 percent and South Americans at 16 percent.
Tobacco is the capital cause of death and preventable disease in the United States. More than 48,000 premature deaths are caused by smoking every year. CDC also reports that for each death, around 30 Americans have developed a smoking-related disease that highly affects their lives.
To help reduce tobacco consumption, the CDC highlighted the importance of smoke-free policies, promotions of quitting programs at the doctor’s office, media campaigns or a higher price for cigarettes. All these tools could certainly influence the buyer’s decision.
If accurately implemented, these strategies can have a positive impact on the attempt of lowering tobacco consumption especially among racial and ethnic populations that have a high rate of use.
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