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Hispanic Health News

Puerto Rican Women Most Likely to Be Smokers

According to the American Lung Association, Puerto Rican women are the most likely Latinas to become heavy smokers.

“Puerto Rican women are nearly twice as likely to smoke as women of other Hispanic groups,” said the association. “In 2004, smoking during pregnancy was highest among Puerto Rican women (8.5 percent) and lowest among Central and South American women (1.2 percent).”

The association adds that, excluding Puerto Rican women, Latinas smoke much less than men and non-Hispanics in general.

“Compared to 21.3 percent of non-Hispanic blacks and 22.0 percent of non-Hispanic whites,” the ALA website says only 5.8 percent of Hispanics smoke. Despite the drastic difference, the association holds firm their opinion that smoking in Hispanic communities remains an issue.