Do You Know That There Are Racial And Ethnic Differences In Smoking Susceptibility?

A newly published study examined racial/ethnic differences in smoking susceptibility among US youth nonsmokers over time and age. Researchers analyzed data from nationally representative samples of youths who never tried cigarettes (ages 9-21), 1999 to 2014.

Findings included:

  • Compared with non-Hispanic whites (NHWs), Hispanics were more susceptible to smoking from 1999 to 2014.
  • Non-Hispanic blacks were less susceptible to smoking than NHWs from 2000 to 2009.
  • Non-Hispanic Asian Americans were less susceptible to smoking from 2000 to 2009, after which they did not differ from NHWs.
  • Other non-Hispanics were more susceptible to smoking than NHWs from 2012 to 2014.
  • Compared with NHWs, non-Hispanic blacks and other non-Hispanics were more susceptible to smoking at ages 11 to 13 and 12 to 14, respectively.
  • Hispanics were more susceptible to smoking throughout adolescence peaking at age 12 and age 16.5.
  • Non-Hispanic Asian Americans were less susceptible to smoking at ages 11 to 15.

The researchers concluded that racial/ethnic disparities in smoking susceptibility persisted over time among US youth nonsmokers, especially at ages 11 to 13. Interventions to combat smoking susceptibility are needed.

Source: El-Toukhy, Sabado & Choi (2016). Trends in susceptibility to smoking by race and ethnicity. Pediatrics, 138(5).

Read the abstract at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27940778

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