Commercial tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Rhode Island killing 1,780 Rhode Islanders each year. Even though tobacco use and nicotine dependence impact all Rhode Islanders, it disproportionately impacts certain parts of our population more. There is a well-documented history of the tobacco industry targeting marketing to low-income neighborhoods, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. This targeted marketing paired with systems and policies that have left these communities behind, has resulted in disproportionate rates of use and death from tobacco products. Use the resources below to learn more about health equity and inequities, and visit the population specific subpages below to learn more! Notice a missing resource? Contact us with suggestions and questions!

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People with Lower Incomes

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Ethnic Minority Groups

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Transgender, Queer

People with
Lower Incomes

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