Gender equality and smoking

A theory-driven approach to smoking gender differences in Spain

Usama Bilal, Paula Beltrán, Esteve Fernández, Ana Navas Acien, Francisco Bolumar, Manuel Franco

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Background The intersection between gender and class can aid in understanding gender differences in smoking. Aim To analyse how changes in gender inequality relate to differences in smoking prevalence by gender, education and birth cohort in Spain over the past five decades (1960-2010). Methods The Gender Inequality Index (GII) was calculated in 5-year intervals from 1960 to 2010. GII ranges from 0 to 1 (1=highest inequality) and encompasses three dimensions: reproductive health, empowerment and labour market. Estimates of female and male smoking prevalence were reconstructed from representative National Health Surveys and stratified by birth cohort and level of education. We calculated female-to-male smoking ratios from 1960 to 2010 stratified by education and birth cohort. Results Gender inequality in Spain decreased from 0.65 to 0.09 over the past 50 years. This rapid decline was inversely correlated (r=-0.99) to a rising female-tomale smoking ratio. The youngest birth cohort of the study (born 1980-1990) and women with high education levels had similar smoking prevalences compared with men. Women with high levels of education were also the first to show a reduction in smoking prevalence, compared with less educated women. Conclusions Gender inequality fell significantly in Spain over the past 50 years. This process was accompanied by converging trends in smoking prevalence for men and women. Smoking prevalence patterns varied greatly by birth cohort and education levels. Countries in earlier stages of the tobacco epidemic should consider gender-sensitive tobacco control measures and policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalTobacco Control
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StateAccepted/In press - Feb 20 2015

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smoking
equality
gender-specific factors
Smoking
gender
Education
Parturition
level of education
nicotine
Tobacco
education
Reproductive Health
Health Surveys
health
empowerment
Cohort Studies
labor market
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  • Health(social science)

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Bilal, U., Beltrán, P., Fernández, E., Navas Acien, A., Bolumar, F., & Franco, M. (Accepted/In press). Gender equality and smoking: A theory-driven approach to smoking gender differences in Spain. Tobacco Control. https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051892

Gender equality and smoking : A theory-driven approach to smoking gender differences in Spain. / Bilal, Usama; Beltrán, Paula; Fernández, Esteve; Navas Acien, Ana; Bolumar, Francisco; Franco, Manuel.

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Bilal, Usama ; Beltrán, Paula ; Fernández, Esteve ; Navas Acien, Ana ; Bolumar, Francisco ; Franco, Manuel. / Gender equality and smoking : A theory-driven approach to smoking gender differences in Spain. In: Tobacco Control. 2015.
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