Study: Racial Discrimination Leads to Higher Smoking Rates

Racism kills, in more ways than one.

By Julianne Hing Mar 16, 2012

When people feel like they’re being discriminated against, no matter their race, they’re more likely to turn to smoking. Those are the new findings of researchers who looked at how perceived discrimination affects smoking rates. "We found that regardless of race or ethnicity, the odds of current smoking were higher among individuals who perceived that they were treated differently because of their race, though racial and ethnic minority groups were more likely to report discrimination," said Washington University in St. Louis professor James Purnell, a co-author of a new study out in the [American Journal of Public Health](