Did You Know That African Americans, Compared To Whites And Other Groups, Have More Trust In Information Provided By Tobacco Companies?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A recent study examined racial/ethnic differences in sources of health information, types of tobacco information sought, and trust in sources of tobacco related information. Data from a nationally representative survey were analyzed.

Findings included:

  • The Internet was the most common first source of health information while health care providers were the second most common source for all racial/ethnic groups.
  • Tobacco-related health information seeking was more prevalent than other tobacco product information seeking.
  • A higher proportion of Whites sought other tobacco product information compared to Asians and Pacific Islanders.
  • Trust was rated highest for doctors while trust for health organizations was rated second highest. Asians and Pacific Islanders had higher trust in the government compared to all other groups. Blacks had higher trust in religious organizations compared to all other groups besides Hispanics. Blacks also had higher trust for tobacco companies compared to Whites and Other.
  • However, many of these differences were weakened in adjusted analyses.

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Did You Know That African Americans, Compared To Whites And Hispanics, Are Less Likely To View E-Cigarettes As Addictive?

A recently published study examined racial/ethnic differences in e-cigarette knowledge, risk perceptions, and social norms among current and former smokers.

Findings included:

  • White participants scored significantly higher on e-cigarette knowledge, compared to both Hispanics and African Americans/Blacks.
  • Knowledge was lower among African Americans/Blacks compared to Hispanics.
  • Compared to both Whites and Hispanics, African American/Black participants held lower perceptions regarding e-cigarette health risks and were less likely to view e-cigarettes as addictive.
  • Normative beliefs did not differ by race/ethnicity.

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