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World Health OrganizationGender, Women and the Tobacco Epidemic: This World Health Organization monograph contributes to the scientific understanding of gender, women, and tobacco in the context of efforts to control the global tobacco epidemic.

US Public Health Service A Report of the Surgeon General: Women and Smoking: This 2001 report summarizes what is known about smoking among women, including patterns and trends in smoking prevalence, factors associated with smoking initiation and maintenance, the consequences of smoking for women’s health, and interventions for smoking cessation and prevention.

 Tobacco Research Netowork on Disparities (TReND): TReND is a joint effort between the National Cancer Institute and The Legacy Foundation forming a core group of researchers who are working together to increase our understanding of the relationship between tobacco and health disparities. The goal of their research is to promote effective ways of reducing the unequal burden of tobacco’s harmful effects on groups who are most at-risk.

The Tobacco AtlasFemale Cigarette Use Globally: The Tobacco Atlas provides an interactive map that shows the percent of females who smoke cigarettes by country.


World Health OrganizationTobacco and Poverty: A Vicious Circle: This World Health Organization report analyzes the link between tobacco and poverty.

Systematic Review of the Link between Tobacco and Poverty: This study explores the link between tobacco use and poverty, as well as the broader relationship between income, tobacco use, and tobacco-related health consequences, using a meta-analysis of existing research literature.

Break Free Alliance: This national alliance engages states and key organizations serving low SES populations in tobacco control efforts and assists them with resource development and assessments, technical assistance, capacity building and evaluation to prevent and reduce tobacco use in low-income communities.

Tobacco Free KidsTobacco and Socioeconomic Status: This Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids fact sheet provides information about tobacco use in low income populations.


Center for Disease ControlU.S. Surgeon General’s Report: Tobacco Use among U.S. Racial/ Ethnic Minorities: Tobacco Use among U.S. Racial/ Ethnic Minorities: This 1998 report is the first in the 34-year history of Surgeon General’s studies on tobacco and health to focus on tobacco use among ethnic and racial minorities.

Tobacco and Adult Minorities: The Center for Social Gerontology provides information, fact sheets, and articles about tobacco use and its effects on old and young adults from communities of color in the United States.

Tobacco Free KidsTobacco Company Marketing to African Americans: Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids provides evidence of tobacco company marketing to African Americans.

 National African American Tobacco Prevention Network: This national organization is dedicated to facilitating the development and implementation of comprehensive and community competent tobacco control programs to benefit communities and people of African descent.

Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL): The APPEAL Network is a national network of over 500 organizations and individuals working towards a tobacco-free Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) community.

 National Native Network: This national network aims to provide a forum for Tribes and Tribal Organizations to obtain and disseminate evidence-based and culturally appropriate information in order to identify and eliminate health disparities related to commercial tobacco abuse.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

 National LGBT Tobacco Control Network: This organization works to support the many local tobacco control advocates in helping to eliminate tobacco health disparities for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The National LGBT Communities Tobacco Action Plan: Research, Prevention, and Cessation: A network of tobacco and LGBT advocates created this comprehensive action plan to establish key criteria and goals to actively address and fight the disproportionately high rates of tobacco use in LGBT communities.

Smoking out a Deadly Threat: Tobacco Use in the LGBT Community:This American Lung Association health disparity report examines the trend of higher tobacco use among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Tobacco Fact Sheet: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Communities and Smoking: This Legacy fact sheet provides information about the LGBT community and tobacco use.

Mental Health

Hidden Epidemic: Tobacco Use and Mental Illness: This publication in Legacy’s dissemination series brings attention to the prevalence of nicotine dependence among individuals with mental illnesses. The authors discuss the barriers to successful tobacco cessation and highlight effective efforts for smoking cessation among this population.

Smoking Cessation for Persons with Mental Health Illness – A Toolkit for Mental Health: This toolkit was created for mental health providers and clinicians. It provides a basic overview of mental health and smoking, an explanation of the toolkit, and a step-by-step analysis of how to successfully address smoking cessation among individuals with a mental health diagnosis.

Facts about Smoking and Mental Health DisordersThis fact sheet from the Tobacco Cessation Leadership Network provides general statistics about smoking and mental health disorders.

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI): Smoking and Mental Illness: This NAMI webpage provides information on the high prevalence of smoking among those with mental illness.