Bingo halls and smoking: perspectives of First Nations women

Health Place. 2009 Dec;15(4):1014-21. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.04.005. Epub 2009 May 10.


The purpose of this study was to examine bingo halls as a frequent site for exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke for First Nations women in rural communities. Thematic analysis of interviews with key informants, group discussions with young women, and observations in the study communities revealed that smoky bingo halls provided an important refuge from everyday experiences of stress and trauma, as well as increased women's risk for addiction, marginalization, and criticism. The findings illustrate how the bingo economy in isolated, rural First Nation communities influences tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and how efforts to establish smoke-free bingos can be supported.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • British Columbia / epidemiology
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American*
  • Leisure Activities* / economics
  • Leisure Activities* / psychology
  • Public Facilities
  • Rural Health
  • Sex Factors
  • Smoking / ethnology*
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Social Environment
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / adverse effects*
  • Young Adult


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution