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Waterpipe Smoking among Somali and Oromo Immigrants in Twin Cities: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs.

Marigi, Erick, Abdi Jibril, and Janet Thomas.

The Twin Cities are home to a large community of Somali and Oromo, most of whom are new immigrants from East Africa. Waterpipe smoking, also known as shisha or hookah smoking, is widespread among the adult East African population, but the practice is also gaining popularity among young people. This article describes research into the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about waterpipe usage among new Somali and Oromo immigrants through a series of “listening circles” (informal focus groups) composed of Somali and Oromo community members. The authors found that the use of waterpipe smoking among Somali and Oromo community members in Minnesota is socially accepted by both young adults and elders, in both public and private social settings. Study participants reported that they believed that waterpipe smoking is less harmful and therefore more acceptable than cigarette use. These results suggest that the Twin Cities have a great need to provide for culturally sensitive prevention and cessation efforts to address this emerging trend in tobacco use among the Somali/Oromo people. The research upon which this article is based received support from CURA as a New Initiative.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
The research upon which this article is based received support from CURA as a New Initiative. Such grants provide support for projects that are initiated by faculty, community organizations, government agencies, or students and that fall outside CURA’s existing program areas. Additional funding was provided by a grant from the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
43 (2): 13-16
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