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Heterogeneity in the Smoking Behavior of African American Women

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Objective: To assess the association between sociodemographic variables and smoking behavior patterns of African American women. Methods: Six years of data (N=14,903) from the National Health Interview Surveys were analyzed using multiple logistic regression. Results: African American women in the South were more likely to never smoke and to start smoking later than women in the Northeast. Positive smoking outcomes (never smoking, initiating smoking at later ages, and quitting) were associated with higher education, higher income, and being married. Conclusions: Variations among African American women suggest the need for targeting specific subgroups at greater risks to reduce disparities in smoking and smoking-related diseases.
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Keywords: African American/Black women; cessation; initiation; smoking

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 2: Niversity of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT 3: National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD 4: Ellen Humphrey, Graduate Student, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 5: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 6: Washington State University, Spokane, WA

Publication date: 2006-05-01

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