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Table 1 Sample characteristics

From: Perceived pros and cons of smoking and quitting in hard-core smokers: a focus group study

  Current smokers (n = 32) Former smokers (n = 31)
Demographics   
Female, N (%) 11 (34.4%) 11 (35.5%)
Age (SD)a 52.7 (7.0) 56.8 (7.6)
Years smoked in life (SD)a, b 36.5 (8.2) 31.0 (9.9)
Socioeconomic statusc   
Low 18 (56.3%) 18 (58.1%)
High 14 (43.8%) 13 (41.9%)
Intention to quit   
Within 1 year 4 (12.5%)  
Within 5 years 4 (12.5%)  
Not quitting, but smoking less 12 (37.5%)  
Not quitting and not smoking less 12 (37.5%)  
Nicotine dependence   
FTND (SD)d 6.13 (1.5) 5.97 (1.8)
Cigarettes per day (SD)d 26.7 (8.1) 32.7 (16.9)
  1. aSignificant difference between current and former hard-core smokers (p < .05).
  2. bFor all participants a minimum of 15 years was required. cSocioeconomic status was measured as the highest completed level of education. dFormer smokers filled out the Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND) for the period “they smoked the most”.