-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 24 (HealthDay News) -- A study conducted in
Missouri suggests that smoking may be even more lethal for blacks
than it is for whites.
In fact, researchers say the smoking-related death rate for
blacks is nearly one-fifth higher than it is for whites in that
The study was conducted by researchers at the Office on Smoking
and Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
They analyzed data from 2003-2007 found that the average annual
smoking-attributable death rate was 358 per 100,000 for blacks in
Missouri and 286 per 100,000 for whites, a difference of 18
That racial difference was larger among men (28 percent) than
among women (11 percent).
Blacks had a 26 percent higher smoking-related death rate for
cancer and a 53 percent higher smoking-related death for
circulatory diseases, but a 32 percent lower smoking-related death
rate for respiratory diseases.
Overall, smoking caused about a third of all cancer deaths, 15.3
percent of all circulatory disease deaths, and 46.5 percent of all
respiratory disease deaths in Missouri between 2003 and 2007,
according to the study.
The findings appear in this week's issue of
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Based on the data, the CDC says that "states should continue to
implement population-wide tobacco control interventions [e.g.,
quitlines, smoke-free policies, and increased excise taxes on
tobacco products] that reach all racial groups."
The American Cancer Society has more about
smoking and health.
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