Using data from the National Adult Tobacco Survey (NATS), a newly published study examined the relationship between race and smoking behaviors among Latinos/Hispanics. The study sample included 505 Black-Latinos and 9078 White-Latinos. While no racial differences were found in lifetime smoking status among Latinos, Black-Latinos had a 17% increased risk of menthol smoking compared to White-Latinos. The researchers concluded that menthol consumption is influenced by race among Hispanics/Latinos. In order to address racial disparities among Latinos/Hispanics, further attention needs to be given to racial differences in smoking-related risks among Latinos/Hispanics.
Source: Cuevas et al. (2018). Assessing racial differences in lifetime and current smoking status & menthol consumption among Latinos in a nationally representative sample. Ethnicity & Health, Mar 14:1-17. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2018.1447651. [Epub ahead of print]
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