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Evidence into Practice: Supporting Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) populations

Mar 2020
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This briefing is intended to act as a guide for local authorities, NHS organisations and others working with smokers to support them to consider the needs of BME smokers. It provides an overview of current differences in smoking rates between different populations, barriers to accessing quit support or engaging with quit messaging and insights into use of different tobacco products by different populations. It provides case studies to support practice and areas to consider as organisations are developing local approaches.

BME populations are heterogeneous and this briefing is not advocating a single approach but rather a set of considerations in assessing the needs of your local population and structuring your tobacco control activities to maximise opportunity to reduce rates in high prevalence populations.