Although Black people usually smoke fewer cigarettes and start smoking cigarettes at an older age, we are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases than other populations. Since Black women’s bodies are a source of life and nourishment for our children and our communities, taking control of our health by quitting tobacco and eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke means taking control of our future.
Tobacco use is a major contributor to the three leading causes of death in our community—heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Black children and adults are also more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke than any other racial or ethnic group.
Taking control of our health starts with quitting tobacco and helping to ensure every Black woman has the right to breathe smoke-free air at work.