Assessing racial differences in lifetime and current smoking status & menthol consumption among Latinos in a nationally representative sample

Adolfo G. Cuevas, Kasim Ortiz, Nancy Lopez, David R. Williams

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the relationship between race and smoking behaviors among Latinos/Hispanics. Design: Using data from the National Adult Tobacco Survey (NATS), we implemented Log-Poisson regression models for each dependent variable (smoking pattern and menthol cigarette use). Each analysis adjusted for age, gender, marital status, employment status, and socioeconomic status (SES). Final pooled cross-sectional sample included 505 Black-Latinos and 9078 White-Latinos. Results: While no racial differences were found in lifetime smoking status among Latinos, Black-Latinos had a 16.6% (95% CI: 0.274, 0.057) increased risk of menthol smoking compared to White-Latinos. Conclusions: The results indicate that menthol consumption is influenced by race among Hispanics/Latinos. To comprehensively address racial disparities among Latinos/Hispanics, further attention needs to be given to racial differences in smoking-related risks among Latinos/Hispanics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)759-775
Number of pages17
JournalEthnicity and Health
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2020

Keywords

  • health inequalities
  • Latinos
  • Race
  • smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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