Social class and smoking at age 15: the effect of different definitions of smoking

Sweeting, H. and West, P. (2001) Social class and smoking at age 15: the effect of different definitions of smoking. Addiction, 96(9), pp. 1357-1359. (doi:10.1046/j.1360-0443.2001.969135715.x)

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Abstract

Aim : To explore whether the association between social class and smoking among teenagers varies according to the definition of smoking adopted. Design, setting and participants : A survey of 2196 15-year-olds in 43 secondary schools in the West of Scotland. Measures : Current smoking status and number of cigarettes smoked, and social class based on the occupation of the head of the household. Findings : 'Current smoker' was the only category not significantly differentiated by class; the ratio of smokers from unskilled compared with professional backgrounds rose with increasingly stringent definitions of smoking. Conclusion : The extent to which teenage smoking is patterned by social class depends on the definition of smoking adopted.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sweeting, Dr Helen
Authors: Sweeting, H., and West, P.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Centre for Population and Health Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:Addiction
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing
ISSN:0965-2140
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2001 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
First Published:First published in Addiction 96(9):1357-1359
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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