1Department of Community Health and Primary Care, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
2Department of Community Health and Primary Care, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria
3Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Background There is limited knowledge about the use of cigarettes by blacks outside the United States (U.S). Nigeria creates an opportunity to explore smoking behaviours, smoking cessation (nicotine dependence) and use of cigarettes in a country that has a large black population outside the U.S.
Methods We conducted three Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) involving twenty-four male migrant workers who reported that they were current cigarette smokers. Interviews were audio-taped and transcribed.
Results Four major themes namely: reasons for initiating and continuing to smoke cigarettes, factors affecting brand choice, barriers to quitting, effect of smoking mentholated cigarette brands were identified.
Conclusion This study provides insight into the use of mentholated and non-mentholated cigarettes and suggests the need for further studies to explore smoking behavior among Nigerians.
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