Racial/Ethnic Differences in Smoking Trajectories From Adolescence to Mid-Adulthood

Juhee Woo , University of Colorado Boulder

Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of death in the US, and racial/ethnic disparities in smoking exist. Using data from The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), I examine smoking trajectories for different racial/ethnic groups (whites, blacks, and Hispanics), segregated by gender, from adolescence to mid-adulthood and identify variables that partly account for the racial/ethnic differences in smoking trajectories. Preliminary findings suggest that while the smoking rates of whites and Hispanics increase until wave III (ages 18 to 28) and decline thereafter the smoking rates of blacks increase until wave IV (ages 24 to 34) and persist (among males) or continue to rise (among females) at wave V (ages 33 to 42). Findings from this study will help to determine which subpopulations in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, and age group should be targeted for public health interventions.

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