The role of family and community in preventing cigarette smoking

Douglas, Jenny (2018). The role of family and community in preventing cigarette smoking. In: Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, 4-8 Jun 2018, Havana,Cuba.



In this paper, I propose that Caribbean parents play an important role in promoting the health and wellbeing of Caribbean children and youth. This role can be developed further by teachers and health promoters in the Caribbean and diaspora. This paper reports on a mixed-method, multi-disciplinary empirical study conducted in the UK with African Caribbean young women aged between 15 to 16, which sought to determine the factors which influenced smoking behaviour. The data in this study point to the young women having a Black British racialised identity and an African-Caribbean cultural identity. This paper demonstrates the family and community connectedness of the Caribbean young women and indicates that religious, cultural and ethnic factors might militate against these women becoming regular smokers.

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