Did You Know? Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking More Common Among Black And White Latinos Compared To Non-Hispanic Whites

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A recently published study examined intra-ethnic racial differences in waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS) among Latinos using a nationally representative sample. Researchers analyzed pooled data from the National Adult Tobacco Survey, 2012-2014.

 Findings included:

·         Black Latinos and White Latinos exhibited an increased prevalence of lifetime WTS compared to their non-Hispanic white counterparts.

·         Black Latino men exhibited increased prevalence of lifetime WTS compared to their non-Hispanic white men counterparts. 

·         Black Latinas and white Latinas exhibited increased prevalence of WTS compared to their non-Hispanic white women counterparts.

 The researchers concluded that among the U.S. general adult population, intra-ethnic racial differences in WTS behaviors exist among Latinos; and is shaped by gender. Future efforts to eliminate racial disparities in WTS should be attentive to intra-ethnic racial differences among Latinos.

Source: Ortiz et al. (2018). Intra-Ethnic Racial Differences in Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking among Latinos? Substance Use & Misuse, Jul 20, 1-10. [Epub ahead of print]

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