Special Populations

Certain populations are found to smoke at higher levels than the general population. This page provides links to the prevalence, trends, and cessation resources related to these specific populations.

Tobacco's Target Populations

americans for nonsmokers' rights iconAmericans for Nonsmokers’ Rights has compiled data, reports, and other information on tobacco and special populations like African Americans, LGBT, Latinos/Hispanics, Native Communities, and women.

Behavioral Health Resources

Smoking Cessation Leadership CenterThis website from the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center provides links to presentations, peer-reviewed articles, publications, and toolkits focusing on tobacco dependence treatment for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Hidden Epidemic: Tobacco Use and Mental Illness

Legacy Fact SheetThis publication in Legacy’s dissemination series brings attention to the prevalence of nicotine dependence among individuals with mental illnesses. The authors discuss the barriers to successful tobacco cessation and highlight effective efforts for smoking cessation among this population.

Minnesota Native American Council on Tobacco (MNACT)

MNACT Minnesota Native American Council on TobaccoThe mission of the Minnesota Native American Council on Tobacco (MNACT) is to ensure the health and well-being for the next Seven Generations throughout Minnesota’s Native communities. MNACT supports efforts in awareness, education, prevention, research, policy and culturally appropriate services, by eliminating commercial tobacco abuse while advocating traditional tobacco use.

National African American Tobacco Education Network (NAATEN)

NAATENThe National African American Tobacco Education Network (NAATEN) is a collaborative of national African American Stakeholders that have an interest in establishing or augmenting tobacco prevention and control activities within their organizations, as well as the African American community.

National Native Network

keepitsacred This national network aims to provide a forum for Tribes and Tribal Organizations to obtain and disseminate evidence-based and culturally appropriate information in order to identify and eliminate health disparities related to commercial tobacco abuse.

National African American Tobacco Prevention Network

NAATPN This national organization is dedicated to facilitating the development and implementation of comprehensive and community competent tobacco control programs to benefit communities and people of African descent.

Tobacco and Adult Minorities

Tobacco and Adult MinoritiesThe Center for Social Gerontology provides information, fact sheets, and articles about tobacco use and its effects on old and young adults from communities of color in the United States.

Tobacco's Target Populations

americans for nonsmokers' rights iconAmericans for Nonsmokers’ Rights has compiled data, reports, and other information on tobacco and special populations like African Americans, LGBT, Latinos/Hispanics, Native Communities, and women.

National Latino Tobacco Control Network

NLTCNThe National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN) is an open information and support system for tobacco control and health disparities advocates and experts who want to become more effective in changing policies and social norms around tobacco control through the exchange of information and personal and institutional linkages.

Pathways to Freedom: Winning the Fight Against Tobacco

CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention iconThis 2003 edition of Pathways to Freedom addresses issues specific to African Americans, such as targeted advertising campaigns and historical, cultural, and socioeconomic influences. It also offers proven strategies for anyone who wants to quit, how friends and family can help, and how the community and its leaders can promote the value of gaining freedom from tobacco.

Asian Smokers' Quitline

Asian Smokers QuitlineThe Asian Smokers’ Quitline is a free nationwide Asian-language quit smoking service operated by the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego. The Quitline offers self-help materials, one-on-one telephone counseling to quit smoking, and a free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches.

Break Free Alliance

break free alliance This national alliance engages states and key organizations serving low SES populations in tobacco control efforts and assists them with resource development and assessments, technical assistance, capacity building and evaluation to prevent and reduce tobacco use in low-income communities.

Tobacco Research Network on Disparities

TRENDTReND is a joint effort between the National Cancer Institute and The Legacy Foundation forming a core group of researchers who are working together to increase our understanding of the relationship between tobacco and health disparities. The goal of their research is to promote effective ways of reducing the unequal burden of tobacco’s harmful effects on groups who are most at risk.

Surgeon General's Report: Women and Smoking (2001)

U.S. Public Health ServiceThis 2001 report summarizes what is known about smoking among women, including patterns and trends in smoking prevalence, factors associated with smoking initiation and maintenance, the consequences of smoking for women’s health, and interventions for smoking cessation and prevention.

Gender, Women, and the Tobacco Epidemic

World Health Organization This World Health Organization monograph contributes to the scientific understanding of gender, women, and tobacco in the context of efforts to control the global tobacco epidemic.

Tobacco's Target Populations

americans for nonsmokers' rights iconAmericans for Nonsmokers’ Rights has compiled data, reports, and other information on tobacco and special populations like African Americans, LGBT, Latinos/Hispanics, Native Communities, and women.

Women, Tobacco, and Cancer: An Agenda for the 21st Century

National Cancer Institute NCI logo iconThe Women, Tobacco, and Cancer Working Group was formed to respond to the priorities identified in these and other plans and reports. The group focused on identifying ways to stimulate scientific research and suggesting approaches to translate knowledge into interventions to prevent tobacco-related cancers in women in the United States and other countries.