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Impact of Tobacco Use

Tobacco can have a greater impact on some population groups than others. Through tobacco industry marketing and targeting, some groups experience higher tobacco use rates. Find out how tobacco impacts different populations and get information on tobacco industry marketing and the latest tobacco use trends in the U.S.

  • Racial/Ethnic Populations
    Tobacco use is more common in some racial and ethnic groups than others. Find out which groups are more likely to smoke.
  • Women and Tobacco Use 
    Find out how many women smoke in different populations, how tobacco use harms women's health and how the tobacco industry has targeted women.
  • Behavioral Health Disorders 
    Individuals with behavioral health disorder smoke at higher rates than the rest of the population. Find out what tobacco use looks like for different behavioral health disorders.
  • Tobacco Industry Marketing 
    Learn more about how the tobacco industry targets youth and other populations to market its deadly products.
  • Trends in Tobacco Use 
    This data-rich brief features tables and figures to show cigarette and tobacco use, and related mortality.

Learn about the American Lung Association's programs to help you or a loved one quit smoking, and join our advocacy efforts to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. Visit Lung.org or call the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872).


    Page Last Updated: February 12, 2019

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