Journal article

"It is just not part of the culture here": Young adults' photo-narratives about smoking, quitting, and healthy lifestyles in Vancouver, Canada

Rebecca J Haines-Saah, John L Oliffe, Cameron F White, Joan L Bottorff

HEALTH & PLACE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2013


In this article we consider young adults' photo-narratives about smoking and quitting and their linkages to themes of healthy lifestyles and the culture of place in Vancouver, Canada. Drawing from a pilot study using participant-driven photography with a group of twelve young women and men ages nineteen to twenty-six, participants' visual and narrative representations of being a smoker and the process of quitting smoking were analyzed. Findings suggest "healthy lifestyle" imperatives within the Vancouver context may be productive for facilitating cessation, but may also have exclusionary effects.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Institute for Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Funding Acknowledgements

The pilot study described here is one of several projects that comprise the Investigating Tobacco and Gender project, funded by a New Emerging Team Grant from the Institute for Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Nominated Principal Investigator, J.L. Bottorff; Grant number: GTA-92065). John L. Oliffe was supported by a Michael Smith Scholar award. Katherine Frohlich provided critical insights at the early stages of this work that guided the development of this manuscript.