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'I think that it's a pain in the ass that I have to stand outside in the cold and have a cigarette': representations of smoking and experiences of disapproval in UK and Greek smokers

Louka, Pinelopi and Maguire, Moira and Evans, Philip D. and Worrell, Marcia (2006) 'I think that it's a pain in the ass that I have to stand outside in the cold and have a cigarette': representations of smoking and experiences of disapproval in UK and Greek smokers. Journal of Health Psychology, 11 (3). pp. 441-451. ISSN 1359-1053

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105306063317

Abstract

Smokers in Greece and the UK are habitually exposed to different levels of social disapproval. This qualitative study explored the accounts of smoking and disapproval offered by 32 UK and Greek smokers. Accounts were framed with reference to a highly moralized construction of smoking. Participants were sensitive to social disapproval of their smoking. While disapproval from those close to them was accepted, disapproval from the general public was not. Two discursive repertories 'smoking works for me now' and 'the struggle to quit' were identified as resources that participants drew upon to enable continued smoking while acknowledging the health issues. While there were many similarities in the accounts provided, there were important differences that seem to reflect the different 'smoking worlds' inhabited. Copyright 2006 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1461-7277
Uncontrolled Keywords:Disapproval, discourse, moralization, qualitative, smoking
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:4088
Deposited On:31 May 2007
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:32

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