Heterogeneity in the smoking behavior of African American women

Gary King, Anthony Polednak, Pebbles Fagan, Tamika Gilreath, Ellen Humphrey, Anita Fernander, Robert Bendel, Farzad Noubary

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

13 Scopus citations


Objective: To assess the association between sociodemographic variables and smoking behavior patterns of African American women. Methods: Six years of data (N=14,903) from the National Health Interview Surveys were analyzed using multiple logistic regression. Results: African American women in the South were more likely to never smoke and to start smoking later than women in the Northeast. Positive smoking outcomes (never smoking, initiating smoking at later ages, and quitting) were associated with higher education, higher income, and being married. Conclusions: Variations among African American women suggest the need for targeting specific subgroups at greater risks to reduce disparities in smoking and smoking-related diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-246
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Heterogeneity in the smoking behavior of African American women'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this