Tobacco Industry Documents and the African American Community

Joint Project of  
The National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and
The University of Dayton School of Law


  Smoking and Minorities



Death Smokling


Tobacco State Settlement Proposal
Text of Attorney General and Tobacco Company Settlement
African-Americans and Tobacco Industry Contributions, 
Kiss of death: African Americans and the Tobacco Industry
Smoking Data Puzzle:
Tobacco foes attack ads that target women, minorities , teens and the poor
Historic Tobacco Settlement Proposal Unfair to Minority Communities, Expert Says
 The Targeting of Black America: Quotes from Selected Tobacco Industry Documents
Unless otherwise noted, excerpts and abstracts are quoted directly from documents.


A Guide to Youth Smoking Prevention Policies and Program, ERIC Clearning House on Urban Education

Alcohol, tobacco campaigns frequently aimed at women, children and minorities

Cancer in Minorities and the Underserved,Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Division of Cancer Prevention and Control 

Governor Chiles Condemns Cigarette Manufacturers for Targeting Minorities

Programs For Diverse Communities, American Lung Association 

Tobacco Industry's Targeting of Minorities, American Heart Association

Smoking and Special Populations :The Facts, 

Smoking Patterns of Older Americans, Closing the Gap, Office of Minority Health

The Implications Of Smoking and Lung Disease For Minority Groups, American Lung Association

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion-Targets Minorities, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights

"Tobacco has been identified as the most preventable cause of mortality in our country. African-American and Latino men have substantially higher smoking rates than white men (about 40% versus 30%, respectively). African-American women smoke at rates similar to those of white women, while Latino women smoke at lower rates. Asian and Native American data are less complete. What gives smoking particularly sinister overtones is the targeting of minorities by tobacco companies for special marketing attention.' This takes the form of large numbers of billboards in minority communities, advertisements in ethnic publications, and support of African-American and Latino cultural events and organizations. The US Secretary of Health and Human Services publicly criticized R.J. Reynolds for its planned introduction of Uptown, a brand of cigarettes that admittedly was targeted toward African Americans; Uptown was withdrawn. Tobacco particularly is singled out for this kind of criticism because it is probably the only legal product that is a serious health hazard even when used as intended. Because of the decades-long lag time between initiation of smoking and onset of disease, the current high smoking rates among Latino men, combined with apparently low current rates of lung cancer and other smoking-related disorders, offer a clear opportunity and imperative to intervene." Nickens, Herbert W. ,The health status of minority populations in the United States. The Western Journal of Medicine, v155, n1, p27(6) July, 1991. 
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