Journal article

'The missing picture': tobacco use through the eyes of smokers

Rebecca J Haines, John L Oliffe, Joan L Bottorff, Blake D Poland



BACKGROUND: The use of visual methodologies has gained increased prominence among health researchers working with socially marginalised populations, including those studying tobacco and other types of substance use. OBJECTIVES: This article draws from two separate studies combining qualitative and photographic methods to illustrate the unique insights that visual research with smokers can generate for tobacco control. METHODS: A purposeful selection of photographs and captions produced by research participants in a study with (1) 20 new fathers that smoke and, (2) a study with 21 adolescent girls that smoke are analysed and discussed in detail. RESULTS: Images produced by smokers illustrate ..

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Awarded by Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative (CTCRI)

Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR, Institute of Gender, Sex and Health)

Funding Acknowledgements

The projects discussed in this paper were funded by a student research grant from the Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative (CTCRI) (RJH, no. 015521) and grant funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR, Institute of Gender, Sex and Health) (JLB and JLO, no. B05-0296). RJH is supported as a trainee in the Integrated Mentor Program in Addictions Research Training (IMPART) and Psychosocial Oncology Research Training (PORT) program. JLO is supported by investigator awards from the CIHR and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health research.