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Acculturation and Tobacco Use Among Chinese Americans

Shelley, Donna and Fahs, Marianne and Scheinmann, Roberta and Swain, Susan and Qu, Jiaojie and Burton, Dee (2004) Acculturation and Tobacco Use Among Chinese Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 94 (2). pp. 300-307. ISSN 0090-0036

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Objectives: We examined the relationship between acculturation and tobacco behaviors among Chinese Americans. Methods: Using a Chinese-language instrument based on validated questions from several national surveys, we conducted in-person, household-based interviews with 712 representative adults aged 18-74 years. Results: Observed smoking prevalence was 29% for men and 4% for women. Predictors of smoking cessation included being 35 years and older and having a high level of tobacco-related knowledge. Acculturation was positively associated with a histroy of never smoking, as was being younger than 35 years and having a high level of tobacco-related knowledge. Conclusions: Acculturation was positively associated with never smoking among men but not with smoking cessation. However, knowledge of tobacco-related health risks was associated with both. Results indicate a need for language-specific educational interventions.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: acculturation, tobacco use, Chinese American
Subjects: Health
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Smoking & Tobacco Use
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 15 May 2006
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2011 09:27
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/430

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