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Disparities in Smoking Are Complicated and Consequential. What to Do About Them?

Warner, Kenneth E. (2011) Disparities in Smoking Are Complicated and Consequential. What to Do About Them? American Journal of Health Promotion, 25 (sp5). s5-s7. ISSN 0890-1171

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As a fundamental matter of social justice, Americans worry about health disparities experienced by racial/ethnic minorities, the poor, and other minority groups. Typically concerns focus on inequalities in access to high-quality health care and on often large differences in health outcomes. Ironically, with the exception of the tobacco control community (indeed, probably only a subset of it), Americans express little concern about disparities in smoking prevalence and cessation among groups differentiated by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, mental health, or sexual orientation. Why is this ironic? Because the health consequences attributable to differences in smoking rates likely account for a significant proportion of disparities in important health outcomes, like life expectancy.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: smoking prevalence, disparities, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, health disparities, disparities in life expectancy
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Smoking & Tobacco Use
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Date Deposited: 05 May 2011 15:07
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 16:14
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2417

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