We examined whether non-Latina White women would be more likely than Latina women to endorse the belief that smoking helps to control weight, thus contributing to the higher prevalence of smoking in non-Latina Whites. Latina (n = 130) and non-Latina White (n = 114) smokers and nonsmokers completed a measure of weight-control smoking. Results revealed ethnic differences in the belief that smoking helps to control weight [χ2(3) = 29.76; p < .001], with more non-Latina Whites (50%) than Latinas (27%) endorsing this belief [χ2(1) = 8.47; p < .01]. Among non-Latina Whites, comparable proportions of smokers (47%) and nonsmokers (53%) endorsed smoking as a weight-control strategy, but among Latinas, a smaller proportion of smokers (17%) than nonsmokers (83%) endorsed this belief [χ2(1) = 15.11; p < .001]. Higher acculturation was associated marginally with endorsement of smoking as a weight-control strategy (p < .08). Results suggest that weight control appears relatively unimportant to Latina smokers, especially those who are less acculturated. These findings raise questions about the differential determinants of smoking across ethnic groups.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Hispanic Healthcare International|
|State||Published - 2005|
- Weight concerns
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