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Am J Prev Med. 2014 May;46(5):496-506. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.01.014.

Smoking among U.S. Hispanic/Latino adults: the Hispanic community health study/study of Latinos.

Author information

1
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. Electronic address: robert.kaplan@einstein.yu.edu.
2
Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center, Department of Biostatistics, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
3
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York.
4
Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, California.
5
Department of Psychology, University of Miami, Miami, Florida.
6
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami, Miami, Florida.
7
Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of California-San Francisco Medical Center.
8
Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Prior national surveys capture smoking behaviors of the aggregated U.S. Hispanic/Latino population, possibly obscuring subgroup variation.

PURPOSE:

To describe cigarette use among Hispanic/Latino adults across subgroups of age, gender, national background, SES, birthplace, and degree of acculturation to the dominant U.S. culture.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional survey of 16,322 participants in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos aged 18-74 years, recruited in Bronx NY, Chicago IL, Miami FL, and San Diego CA, was conducted during 2008-2011.

RESULTS:

Prevalence of current smoking was highest among Puerto Ricans (men, 35.0%; women, 32.6%) and Cubans (men, 31.3%; women, 21.9%), with particularly high smoking intensity noted among Cubans as measured by pack-years and cigarettes/day. Dominicans had the lowest smoking prevalence (men, 11.0%; women, 11.7%). Individuals of other national backgrounds had a smoking prevalence that was intermediate between these groups, and typically higher among men than women. Non-daily smoking was common, particularly although not exclusively among young men of Mexican background. Persons of low SES were more likely to smoke, less likely to have quit smoking, and less frequently used over-the-counter quit aids compared to those with higher income and education levels. Smoking was more common among individuals who were born in the U.S. and had a higher level of acculturation to the dominant U.S. culture, particularly among women.

CONCLUSIONS:

Smoking behaviors vary widely across Hispanic/Latino groups in the U.S., with a high prevalence of smoking among population subgroups with specific, readily identifiable characteristics.

PMID:
24745640
PMCID:
PMC5794209
DOI:
10.1016/j.amepre.2014.01.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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