Patterns and predictors of smoking cessation among British women

Graham, H. and Der, G. (1999) Patterns and predictors of smoking cessation among British women. Health Promotion International, 14(3), pp. 231-240. (doi:10.1093/heapro/14.3.231)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/14.3.231

Abstract

Reducing the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults is a key health promotion target in counties where tobacco consumption is the major preventable cause of ill health. This study describes the patterns and predictors of smoking cessation in a representative British survey of women aged 16 to 65. It examines the influence on quitting of five factors: socio-economic status; domestic circumstances; psychological health; tobacco dependence; and pregnancy status. Smoking status was measured at the point of recruitment to the study and at 1 year and 2 year follow-up interviews. Quit rates at both follow-up points were significantly related to three of the factors: socio-economic status; tobacco dependence; and pregnancy status. Tobacco dependence, as measured by average daily cigarette consumption, was the most powerful predictor of a woman's chances of being an ex-smoker at both the 1 year and 2 year follow-up interviews. The implications of the findings for health promotion policy are discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Der, Mr Geoffrey
Authors: Graham, H., and Der, G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:Health Promotion International
ISSN:0957-4824
ISSN (Online):1460-2245

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