African American children are more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke, study finds – Sampan.org


African American children and adults are more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke than any other racial or ethnic group. (Image courtesy of Adobe Stock user weerapat1003.)

By the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Black or African American is defined by the Office of Management and Budget as “a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.” There were over 42 million African Americans in the United States in 2014 — approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population.

Although African Americans usually smoke fewer cigarettes and start smoking cigarettes at an older age, they are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases than whites.

Tobacco use is a major contributor to the three leading causes of death among African Americans: heart disease,…

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