Black people are hit hardest by the effects of cigarette smoke and global warming, according to two stories out today.

A report from the Medical University of South Carolina touting the improved air quality of Charleston and Mt. Pleasant bars was paid for by the South Carolina African American Tobacco Control Network.

“The reason (the network) is concerned is because African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by secondhand smoke,” said Dan Carrigan, consultant to the group. “A lot of that exposure occurs on the work site.”

Meanwhile, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn announced a new initiative in Washington yesterday, calling attention to the impact global warming has on blacks.

“African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change economically, socially, and through our health and well-being,” Clyburn said.

The commission Clyburn helped launch claims Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans was a preview of how global warming will affect African-Americans.

“While individual storms cannot be linked specifically to climate change, scientists warn that warmer waters may foster more intense storms,” the background paper on the commission’s efforts, authored by Michael Gelobter, Carla Peterman, and Azebuilke Akaba said. “The flooding of New Orleans still highlights the vulnerability of the African-American community to types of extreme weather events expected with global climate change.”