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Since the onset of the Somali civil war in 1991, more than 1 million Somalis have been displaced from Somalia. Minnesota has the largest Somali popula…
Fenty with cigs in the morningModeled after validated state and national tobacco use surveys, the survey was adapted for Somalis and administered to ethnically Somali adults (N=392) from 25 neighborhood clusters in Minnesota. Participants were chosen through probability proportional to size and multistage random sampling methods.
Estimated prevalence for cigarette use among Somalis was 24% (44% among men, 4% among women). Ever users were significantly more likely to be men, have attended college, and have friends who used cigarettes (p<0.0001). Belief in Islamic prohibition of tobacco was protective and affected current use and future intention to use tobacco (p<0.0001). The majority of Somali smokers were unwilling to use current cessation programs.