Skip to main content

Table 3 Reasons reported for smoking initiation among ever smokers, weighted.*

From: Determinants of smoking initiation among women in five European countries: a cross-sectional survey

  All
(n = 2378)
%
France
(n = 467)
%
Ireland
(n = 519)
%
Italy
(n = 474)
%
Czech Republic
(n = 429)
%
Sweden
(n = 489)
%
χ2
p-value
My friends smoked 62.3 67.7 65.4 58.6 61.3 58.3 0.0152
Smoking made me look more cool 25.5 14.2 35.4 19.4 28.1 27.6 <0.0001
My friends approved of my smoking 6.9 5.5 16.3 0.9 10.3 0.6 <0.0001
It helped me manage my stress 6.8 8.9 8.1 7.2 7.6 2.6 0.0021
My family members smoked 6.1 6.1 11.1 6.4 4.6 1.7 <0.0001
I was not worried about health effects 5.9 0.4 21.1 0.2 0.9 3.0 <0.0001
I believed I could quit whenever I wanted to 5.6 0.7 18.2 0.2 4.1 1.8 <0.0001
Tobacco advertising was attractive to me 1.7 1.4 4.6 0.1 0.4 1.0 <0.0001
Weight concerns 1.5 1.0 5.0 0.4 0.4 0.2 <0.0001
I was less depressed when I smoked 1.5 1.5 1.7 2.4 1.1 0.8 0.4108
My parents did not mind that I smoked 0.6 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.5 1.1 0.7187
Other 15.6 11.4 14.5 24.5 13.3 14.2 <0.0001
  1. *Participants were allowed to list more than one reason for smoking initiation.