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Regional and racial differences in smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke: the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study.

Authors
  • McClure, Leslie A1
  • Murphy, Heather L
  • Roseman, Jeffrey
  • Howard, George
  • Malarcher, Ann
  • 1 University of Alabama at Birmingham, RPHB 327, 1530 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294-0022, USA. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Preventing Chronic Disease
Publisher
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2011
Volume
8
Issue
5
Identifiers
PMID: 21843411
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

These data suggest that rates of current smoking and secondhand smoke exposure are not higher in regions that have higher stroke mortality and therefore cannot contribute to geographic disparities; nevertheless, given that 15% of our participants reported current smoking and 16% reported secondhand smoke exposure, continued implementation of tobacco control policies is needed.

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