Disparities in Tobacco Use and Lung Cancer

  • Howard K. Koh
  • Loris Elqura
  • Sarah Massin Short

The burden of tobacco use is not distributed equally throughout the population. Striking disparities exist in tobacco use around the world and in the US, not only across dimensions such as race/ethnicity and socioeconomic position but also across the continuum of tobacco use from initiation to cessation (See Fig. 5.1). Diseases caused by tobacco use, especially lung cancer, reflect and perpetuate these disparities and contribute to economic costs of smoking in the US estimated to be $167B/year (CDC 2007a). This chapter reviews these disparities, focusing particularly on the US, and offers some strategies to reduce them.


Nicotine Replacement Therapy Tobacco Control Smoking Prevalence Tobacco Industry Lung Cancer Incidence 
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This publication was supported in part by MassCONECT funded under Grant Number 5 U01 CA114644 from the National Cancer Institute. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard K. Koh
    • 1
  • Loris Elqura
    • 2
  • Sarah Massin Short
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Public Health PracticeHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Public Health PracticeHarvard School of Public HealthBoston

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