Media Advisory- Online conference on new Missouri smoking disparities report Tues., 9/21 at 10 a.m. Register in advance

Report shows significant smoking disparities exist statewide across racial, cultural and socioeconomic lines

Missouri has one of the highest statewide smoking averages in the country, more than 23 percent. And racial and ethnic minorities, people with lower incomes and education levels, Medicaid recipients and the LGBT community smoke or experience secondhand smoke at a rate significantly higher than the state average.

These findings are highlighted in a new report by the Center for Tobacco Policy Research (CTPR) at Washington University in St. Louis. The report, “Who is Most Affected? Tobacco-Related Disparities in Missouri,” identifies statewide differences related to who is smoking, who is exposed to secondhand smoke and who is quitting.

CTPR is offering a media-only webinar on the new disparities report at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21. Researchers will discuss the report and be available to answer questions about the findings. Visit to register.

More information about CTPR’s report is available at:

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