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Aug 4, 2016 3:53 PM

CDC releases study breaking down smoking rates by racial, ethnic groups

Though overall adult cigarette smoking has been on the decline since 1964, certain groups still smoke with greater prevalence.

According to the Center for Disease Control, certain racial and ethnic groups continue to smoke cigarettes at higher rates than others.

Asians smoke less (10.9 percent) than whites (24.9 percent), but the study revealed a wide range of smoking rates in the subdivisions of Asians.

“Even though the overall cigarette smoking rate is declining, disparities remain among racial and ethnic groups and within subgroups,” said Bridgette Garrett, Ph.D., associate director for health equity in the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health

The rate was 7.6 percent among Chinese and Asian Indians, but jumped to 20 percent among Korean-Americans. The American Indian/Alaska Native population had the highest prevalence of cigarette smoking at 38.9 percent.

CDC officials see such results as helpful indicators of where to focus anti-smoking efforts in the future.

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