Young women, smoking and Caribbean identities

Douglas, Jenny (2013). Young women, smoking and Caribbean identities. In: Caribbean Studies Association 38th Annual Conference: Caribbean Spaces and Institutions: Contesting Paradigms of “Development” in the 21st Century, 3-7 Jun 2013, Grand Anse, Grenada.



Over the last hundred years the global patterning of cigarette smoking has shifted from being a habit of white males in industrialising counties to now being predominantly a habit of the poor (Graham,2009). As male smokers in the USA and UK give up smoking, smoking is being taken up by poor, often black and minority ethnic women in middle income and low income countries such as the Caribbean. Drawing on research on cigarette smoking amongst Caribbean young women in the UK we will explore the implications of this for cigarette smoking behaviour amongst women in the Caribbean.

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