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Publication Abstract

Authors: Baluja KF, Park J, Myers D

Title: Inclusion of immigrant status in smoking prevalence statistics.

Journal: Am J Public Health 93(4):642-6

Date: 2003 Apr

Abstract: OBJECTIVES: Data from the 1995-1996 and 1998-1999 Current Population Survey tobacco use supplements were used to examine smoking prevalence statistics by race/ethnicity and immigrant status. METHODS: Smoking prevalence statistics were calculated, and these data were decomposed by country of birth for Asian immigrants to illustrate the heterogeneity in smoking rates present within racial/ethnic groups. RESULTS: Except in the case of male Asian/Pacific Islanders, immigrants exhibited significantly lower smoking prevalence rates than nonimmigrants. However, rates varied according to country of birth. CONCLUSIONS: This research highlights the need to disaggregate health statistics by race/ethnicity, sex, immigrant status, and, among immigrants, country of birth. Data on immigrants' health behaviors enhance the development of targeted and culturally sensitive public health smoking prevention programs.

Last Modified: 03 Sep 2013