Why British Asian Women Smoke
Are British Asian women the new smokers? If, asked this question twenty years ago you would more than likely hold your head up high and reply “NO.” Whereas, times have clearly changed since the 80s and 90’s with statistics now suggesting a more unconventional fact that British Asian female smokers are indeed on a huge increase.
South Asians first arrived to England in the 1950’s and 60’s, they immediately stood out from the crowd by showering the streets with colourful garments, the languages they spoke and the big families that accompanied them. However, something much greater was notable amongst these foreigners, and it wasn’t just their type of food either. Asians came to the UK armed with strong traditional values. They walked with pride following a certain culture and upbringing derived from back home, they had their own way of living that no one was about to change!
Coming fresh from native countries, Asian values were as strong as ever being passed down to their children. A tradition more important to follow than others was ‘No Smoking’ especially acquainted with Asian females. With many years resided the tables have turned, what used to be a taboo subject of the Asian society has crept its way forward into the spotlight.
We investigate reasons behind the increase of Asian women who turn to smoking and how does this behaviour almost seem acceptable in this day and age...