Tobacco-Related Disparities Viewed Through the Lens of Intersectionality

Christine E. Sheffer, Jill M. Williams, Deborah O. Erwin, Phillip H. Smith, Ellen Carl, Jamie S. Ostroff

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Despite remarkable progress, tobacco control efforts are not equitably distributed, and tobacco-related disparities continue to contribute to significant health disparities. Our premise in this commentary is that Intersectionality can serve as a productive analytical framework for examining tobacco-related disparities across and within multiple marginalized populations. Intersectionality is a theoretical framework for understanding the multiple interlocking societal systems that bestow privilege and oppression and is increasingly being to the study of health inequities. We present a model and describe how tobacco-related disparities can be understood via critical elements of Intersectionality. We conclude that the application of Intersectionality to understanding tobacco-related disparities has potential to stimulate meaningful discussion and lead to new and innovative multilevel and cross-cutting interventions to eliminate tobacco-related disparities and foster culturally safe environment in which all people can thrive. Implications: This commentary describes how Intersectionality can serve as a productive analytic framework for examining the development and maintenance of tobacco-related disparities across and within many marginalized groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-288
Number of pages4
JournalNicotine and Tobacco Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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