Tobacco Use Disorder: Cultural Factors

Cultural factors can play a part in tobacco use disorder across different segments of the population. This entry focuses on describing the cultural factors associated with tobacco use disorder, such as acculturation and perceived discrimination.


Research regarding the associations between acculturation and tobacco use disorder has mainly examined the role of acculturation in predicting smoking cessation programs. A study, published in 2011, using a sample of 140 African American adult smokers seeking treatment found that a greater level of acculturation (i.e., a lower level of maintenance of traditional African American culture) was associated with increases in smoking cessation. In terms of studies based on Latino populations, a study published in 2014, using a sample of 131 Latino adult smokers, demonstrated that caregivers who were low in ...

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