Acculturation-related predictors of very light smoking among Latinos in California and nationwide

J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Feb;17(1):181-91. doi: 10.1007/s10903-013-9896-3.


The prevalence of light smoking has increased among Latinos. The purpose of this study was to identify demographic and acculturation-related factors associated with very light smoking, defined as smoking 1-5 cigarettes per day (CPD), among Latinos in California and nationwide. Latino smokers in the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) or the 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) were analyzed. Logistic regression assessed factors associated with very light smoking. Among NHANES smokers, those born in Mexico or who lived fewer years in the US were more likely to be very light smokers than 6+ CPD smokers. Among CHIS smokers, those born in Mexico, in another Spanish speaking country, or who spent smaller percentages of their life in the US were more likely to be very light smokers. Findings from this study can be used to design tobacco control media campaigns that include very light smokers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation*
  • Adult
  • California / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Fetal Diseases
  • Hispanic or Latino*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Nutrition Surveys
  • Prevalence
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / ethnology*
  • United States / epidemiology