Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

Minority Smokers May Find Quitting More Difficult

March
2011

According to a recent study, although racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to initiate smoking--and are more likely to be "light" smokers if smoking is initiated--in comparison to Whites, they may also experience more difficulty when it comes to quitting. Specifically, in contrast to Whites, the minorities included in the study reported less utilization of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and a lower frequency of long-term quitting.