Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the U.S., accounting for more than 442,000 total deaths and more than 30% of all cancer deaths annually.
Although African American smokers use fewer cigarettes per day than Whites, they are more likely to experience a tobacco-related disease or death. For example, African Americans are 43-55% more likely than Whites to develop lung cancer due to smoking. Non-daily smokers, or those who smoke on some but not all days, represent a growing number of smokers. Roughly 1 out of 4 African Americans who use cigarettes smoke on some but not all days.