Weight control smoking in Latina and non-Latina white females

Lisa A Paulani Sánchez-Johnsen, Bonnie J. Spring, Beth Kaplan Sommerfeld, Marian L. Fitzgibbon

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-101
Number of pages7
JournalHispanic Healthcare International
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005


  • Ethnicity
  • Hispanic/Latinas
  • Smoking
  • Weight
  • Weight concerns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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