New Approach Needed for Tribes' Anti-Smoking Efforts
INDIANAPOLIS - A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said some racial and ethnic groups have much higher smoking rates than others, and health officials hope to use that information in cessation efforts.
Dr. Brian King, deputy director for research translation for the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, said the study found the smoking rate among Native Americans is the highest overall, at 39 percent. King said the data collected will help health officials when they're designing anti-tobacco programs and campaigns.
"An example of that is CDC's 'Tips from Former Smokers' campaign, which is aired on television, where we warn people about the dangers of smoking," he said. "And those can be targeted to specific populations, such as American Indians or Alaska Natives."