Women, smoking, and social disadvantage over the life course: a longitudinal study of African American women.

@article{Ensminger2009WomenSA,
  title={Women, smoking, and social disadvantage over the life course: a longitudinal study of African American women.},
  author={Margaret E. Ensminger and Katherine Clegg Smith and Hee-Soon Juon and Jennifer L Pearson and Judith A. Robertson},
  journal={Drug and alcohol dependence},
  year={2009},
  volume={104 Suppl 1},
  pages={S34-41}
}
We compare life course characteristics of a cohort of African American women (N=457) by their smoking status at age 42: never smoker (34.1%), former smoker (27.8%), or current smoker (38.1%). The Woodlawn population from which our sample is drawn has been followed from first grade (1966-67) to mid adulthood (2002-3) and is a cohort of children from a disadvantaged Chicago community. Examination of the effects of cumulative disadvantage on smoking behavior showed that nearly half of women who… CONTINUE READING