African-American women have lower smoking rates than white women. However, their lung cancer rates are no lower than white women's. African-American women are also more likely to die from lung cancer than white women. Smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung cancer. And research suggests that African-Americans who smoke are more likely to develop lung cancer than other smokers.
Smoking increases your risk of major health problems, including:
Smoking and How to Quit - These pages from womenshealth.gov empower women to quit smoking and all forms of tobacco use. Learn why quitting matters to your health, your quality of life, and the health of others. The site also offers strategies that can help you quit for good.
Pathways to Freedom: Winning the Fight Against Tobacco - This guide was developed to address the high rate of smoking among the African-American population. It offers proven strategies for anyone who wants to quit and includes information on how friends and family can help. The guide also gives tips to community leaders for promoting the benefits of quitting.