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J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Dec;15(6):1133-6. doi: 10.1007/s10903-013-9881-x.

A qualitative study on tobacco smoking and betel quid use among Burmese refugees in Australia.

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Health Promotion Service, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Locked Mail Bag 9, Wollongong, NSW, 2500, Australia,


Anecdotal evidence suggests that there are high rates of smoking among Burmese men in Wollongong, Australia. A qualitative study was undertaken to explore the beliefs and experiences of Burmese refugees in Wollongong on smoking to guide the development of smoking cessation interventions. Three focus groups were conducted with Burmese refugees. Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted with service providers involved with Burmese refugees. Qualitative content analysis was used to categorise responses to the questions. Participants were aware of the health effects of tobacco smoking but had little knowledge of support for quitting. Many participants chewed betel quid and were unaware of the health consequences. Service providers noted the lack of resources on smoking and betel quid use for Burmese people. Smoking cessation interventions for Burmese people should consider the co-related use of betel quid due to the possibility of inadvertently encouraging use of betel nut as an alternative to tobacco.

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