Did You Know…?
...that the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee (TEROC) recommends that the measure of tobacco-related health disparity should be the rate of change within a single priority population compared to other populations? For example, between 1996 and 2011, the smoking prevalence among adults in low socioeconomic status (SES) populations declined 20.7 percent; however, the decline for high socioeconomic populations was 62.9 percent. Additionally, the decline for California men during the same period showed a decline for African Americans of 12.5 percent and a decline of 33.5 percent for non-Latino Whites. The decline for the low SES and African American communities appears much more positive without the full context of the decline in smoking prevalence for other populations.
Read all of the recommendations by the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee: Changing Landscape: Countering New Threats, 2015-2017.