Major Disparities in Adult Cigarette Smoking Exist Among and Within Racial and Ethnic Groups

Data indicates that some racial groups smoke more than others, and that with that racial group, there are smaller groups whose smoking habits vary as well. Secondary learners read a graph that details the differences between the Asian and Hispanic populations when it comes to cigarette smoking.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Engage your class in additional research to delinate specific gender and ethnic groups within each racial data point
  • Have pupils create their own survey to assess 30 day cigarette use in their own community
  • Connect the lesson between health and math class to access skills for both disciplines
Classroom Considerations

  • Graph is in color; best used as an electronic resource
  • Be sure that your class can participate in conversations about race in a mature, sensitive way
  • Data is from 2013
Pros

  • Points out that there are major differences in smoking among racial and ethnic groups
  • Promotes critical thinking and data organization
Cons

  • None