The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identifies several special populations with unique concerns and needs that should be addressed in quitting use and initiation of tobacco. This section features current research and information that can be helpful when working with clients from the following special populations.
We have compiled research into the following categories:
- Co-occurring Mental Illness
- Ethnic Groups
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)
- Medical Diagnoses
- Active Military/Veterans
- Older Adults
- Substance Use Disorders
- Youth Smoking
- People Living with HIV/AIDS
For additional information, see the Clinician's Packet for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence (TTUD). The National Networks for Tobacco Control and Prevention also work to "identify and eliminate disparities in tobacco use among population groups" including African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Asian American/Pacific Islanders, American Indian/Native Alaskans, LGBT and low SES communities.
For more information about working with special and underserved populations and to access smoking cessation resources aimed at these groups, please visit the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved website.