Disparities in Rural Tobacco Use, Smoke-Free Policies, and Tobacco Taxes

Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, Donald R. Miller, Brody Maack

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Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) remain leading causes of preventable disease, disability, and mortality in the United States. Rural populations are among those being left behind in the recent declining smoking rates and have become a focus of discussions on tobacco-related disparities. This article describes tobacco-related disparities in rural populations including tobacco use, exposure to SHS, smoke-free policies, and tobacco taxes. Nurses, as social justice and tobacco control policy advocates, are needed especially at the local level, where much of the policy work occurs and where nursing’s voice is respected and can be powerful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1184-1202
Number of pages19
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019


  • electronic nicotine delivery systems
  • rural health
  • smoke-free policy
  • taxes
  • tobacco products
  • tobacco smoke pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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