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Table 1 Baseline characteristics and risk factors according to smoking status including tar and nicotine intake (mg/day) among men (n = 4,099)

From: Association of daily tar and nicotine intake with incident myocardial infarction: Results from the population-based MONICA/KORA Augsburg Cohort Study 1984 - 2002

Characteristics Never-
smokers
Ex-
smokers
Occasional
smokers
Tar intake (mg/day) Nicotine intake (mg/day)
     Low
(≤ 129)
Medium
(130 - 259)
High
(≥ 260)
Low
(≤ 8)
Medium
(9 - 16)
High
(≥ 17)
No. of participants (n) 1,181 1,532 141 236 350 659 290 418 537
Mean age (years) 46.0 50.9 43.9 49.3 44.0 42.2 48.2 43.7 42.1
Mean total cholesterol/HDL-C 4.8 5.1 4.8 5.0 5.2 5.5 5.0 5.3 5.6
Mean alcohol consumption (g/day) 26.1 32.4 36.5 34.3 33.1 45.0 34.5 36.5 44.8
Physical inactivity (%) 57.1 55.1 56.0 60.6 56.3 67.7 56.9 58.4 70.2
Actual hypertension (%) 40.6 47.9 36.9 47.9 35.7 36.9 43.5 37.6 36.9
Diabetes (%) 2.5 5.2 2.8 4.7 4.3 3.2 4.1 4.1 3.4
Mean age at smoking onset (years) - - 18.9 19.5 18.1 17.6 19.4 18.0 17.6
Mean duration of smoking (years) - - 25.7 30.5 26.5 25.2 29.5 26.4 25.2