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J Immigr Minor Health. 2009 Aug;11(4):310-7. doi: 10.1007/s10903-008-9125-7. Epub 2008 Mar 3.

Comparison of personal characteristics, tobacco use, and health states in Chaldean, Arab American, and non-Middle Eastern White adults.

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Arab American & Chaldean Council (ACC), 28551 Southfield Road, Lathrup Village, MI 48076, USA.

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  • J Immigr Minor Health. 2009 Aug;11(4):318. Al-Omran, Hasan [removed]; Al-Fauori, Ibrahim [removed]; Baker, Omar [removed].


This study compared and contrasted personal characteristics, tobacco use (cigarette and water pipe smoking), and health states in Chaldean, Arab American and non-Middle Eastern White adults attending an urban community service center. The average age was 39.4 (SD = 14.2). The three groups differed significantly (P < .006) on ethnicity, age, gender distribution, marital status, language spoken, education, employment, and annual income. Current cigarette smoking was highest for non-Middle Eastern White adults (35.4%) and current water pipe smoking was highest for Arab Americans (3.6%). Arab Americans were more likely to smoke both cigarettes and the narghile (4.3%). Health problems were highest among former smokers in all three ethnic groups. Being male, older, unmarried, and non-Middle Eastern White predicted current cigarette smoking; being Arab or Chaldean and having less formal education predicted current water pipe use.

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