Perceptions of smoking cessation among Glasgow's Chinese community
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William Spence   

University of Glasgow, 1 Lilybank Gardens,G12 8RZ, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Publish date: 2017-10-20
Submission date: 2017-05-23
Final revision date: 2017-08-28
Acceptance date: 2017-09-23
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2017;3(October):127
Health related needs and services are stratified by ethnicity in UK. The Chinese community is Scotland’s second-largest minority ethnic group but a relatively under-researched one. This study aimed to explore the views and experiences of smoking cessation and related services among Chinese community members in Glasgow and to inform them about smoking cessation interventions.

This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2016 using a qualitative research method. Purposive sampling methods were used to recruit 15 Chinese community members in Glasgow. Semi-structured interviews were audio-recorded and data transcribed, translated, and thematically analysed.

Many factors influenced participants’ smoking: concern for personal health, advice from medical professionals, expenditure, family pressure, tobacco-control policies, nicotine dependence, self-efficacy, and acculturation. Smoking initiation and relapse were influenced by interpersonal relations, emotional factors, Chinese social norms, and acculturation. Barriers reported to accessing and participating in cessation services included: excessive or inflexible working hours, low confidence in cessation services, language barriers, cultural barriers and unsuitability of cessation services for Chinese smokers. Employing community resources, improving language support, working with cultural values, and accommodating degrees of acculturation may improve services and their uptake.

Smoking-cessation services should consider the culture of this ethnic minority population to improve cessation uptake. Further investigation of this community’s needs and expectations is needed to tailor smoking-cessation interventions for Chinese immigrants in Glasgow.

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