According to the National Minority Health Month Blog, people of color are living sicker and dying younger. This trend can be reversed, but requires that we make strong stands in our families and communities to end smoking and obesity rates among these groups.
Cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure exist in much higher rates in racial and ethnic communities, and smoking accelerates the death rate among them. Smoking still continues to be the single greatest cause of preventable death in America. Smokers today have a greater risk of developing lung cancer than when the first Surgeon General’s Report came out in 1964. If current rates continue, 5.6 million Americans younger than 18 years of age who are alive today are projected to die prematurely from smoking-related disease.
Stand strong. Develop a strict non-smoking family policy, as hard as that is. Choose life.
For more information on National Minority Health Month, please download the NPA_Toolkit.