Affirmative action bans linked to increased smoking among minority students in their teens (and beyond)

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Affirmative action bans may do more damage to minority students than just negatively impact their educational and socioeconomic opportunities; a study has linked these bans with an increase in health risk behaviors, such as smoking, among those in the 11th and 12th grade. Authors include Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alumni Rourke O’Brien and Alexander Tsai (who is also a Harvard Pop Center faculty member) as well as faculty member Ichiro Kawachi. Others authors include: Atheendar S. Venkataramani, Erin Cook, and Anupam B. Jena.

Learn more in this press release.

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