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Tobacco is the most preventable cause of death in the world today.

Why do more than 80% of the world’s tobacco-related deaths and chronic diseases occur in low- and middle-income countries?

Why do most deaths attributable to second-hand tobacco smoke occur among children & women?

Why are tobacco’s harmful effects concentrated among groups who are the most vulnerable?

TReND publishes Research to Reduce Global Tobacco Inequalities, a special supplement to Cancer Causes and Control, in March 2012. Read more…

The Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND) was created by the National Cancer Institute and the Legacy Foundation to help understand and eliminate health disparities related to tobacco.

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Socioeconomic Disparities in Tobacco-Related Health Outcomes Across Racial/Ethnic Groups in the United States: National Health Interview Survey 2010

While prior research has documented disparities in smoking and lung cancer mortality rates by SES and race/ethnicity in the U.S., whether smoking or related mortality differ by SES within racial/ethnic groups has not been extensively studied. This study investigated a range of outcomes from tobacco use, looking at socioeconomic gradients separately among the three largest racial/ethnic groups in the U.S.—non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanics/Latinos, and non-Hispanic whites.

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Action on Smoking and Health: Top tobacco-control advances in 2013

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) recently announced the top tobacco-control advances in 2013.

They included raising the age for purchasing tobacco products, banning smoking on college campuses and in motor vehicles, prohibiting sale of flavored products, and raising cigarette taxes.

International advances included public smoking bans, pictorial warnings on cigarette packaging, protecting children’s home environments from smoke, and restricting tobacco marketing.

Find out which states and countries made these advances against tobacco in 2013....

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The Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND) was created by the National Cancer Institute and the Legacy Foundation to help understand and eliminate health disparities related to tobacco.

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