New CDC Research Shows Smoking Rates Decrease For Everyone Except Native Americans
The overall use of cigarettes among adults in the United States continues to decline, but some discrepancies do remain, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the smoking rate is going down among almost all racial and ethnic groups, it actually increased for Native Americans.
The CDC compared the smoking rate from 2002-2005 and 2010-2013, and for Native Americans, it rose from about 37 percent to around 39 percent. The smoking rate for both white and black adults is around 25 percent.
Clinton Isham, program director for the Wisconsin Native American Tobacco Network, said there have been lot of smoke-free policies being implemented during the time between data collection.