Inter Island Public Health Forum

Tobin Cook

Tobin Cook

Title of presentation: ‘Factors Affecting Smoking Cessation amongst Ethnically Diverse Migrant Groups in an Island Community.’

Culturally tailored smoking cessation interventions are more effective at targeting migrant groups than population-level interventions. Migrant smokers were interviewed to consider factors that affect migrants’ smoking behaviours. Acculturation, cultural background and stress are the factors affecting the smoking behaviour of migrants on Guernsey. Economic migrants exhibit lower levels of acculturation and more traditional behaviours. Conversely migrants that seek permanent residence display higher levels of acculturation with greater adoption of anglo-cultural behaviours. The cultural background of migrants has the greatest impact on their attitudes towards health behaviours, largely unaffected by migration, regardless of the level of acculturation.

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