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Impact of Tobacco Use

Tobacco can have a greater impact on some population groups than others. Through tobacco industry marketing and targeting, some groups experience higher tobacco use rates. Find out how tobacco impacts different populations and get information on tobacco industry marketing and the latest tobacco use trends in the U.S.

  • Racial/Ethnic Populations
    Tobacco use is more common in some racial and ethnic groups than others. Find out which groups are more likely to smoke.
  • Women and Tobacco Use 
    Find out how many women smoke in different populations, how tobacco use harms women's health and how the tobacco industry has targeted women.
  • Behavioral Health Disorders 
    Individuals with behavioral health disorders smoke at higher rates than the rest of the population. Find out what tobacco use looks like for people with different behavioral health disorders.
  • Tobacco Industry Marketing 
    Learn more about how the tobacco industry targets youth and other populations to market its deadly products.
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Tobacco Trends Brief

See descriptions, figures, and detailed tables on trends and current patterns of the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products among adults and children.

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Learn about the American Lung Association's programs to help you or a loved one quit smoking, and join our advocacy efforts to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. Visit or call the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872).

    Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed February 14, 2019.

    Page Last Updated: February 20, 2019

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