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College affirmative action bans linked to higher rates of smoking among minority youth

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"Banning the use of affirmative action in college admissions can harm the health of minority high school students, a new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine suggests.

"The study, published Tuesday in PLOS Medicine, found that in states with a ban, smoking among black, Hispanic, and Native American high school students increased nearly 4 percent after those bans were put in place. Some students continued smoking for years into adulthood."

Author: Aneri Pattani.

Outlet: The Philadelphia Inquirer.