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Table 2 Perceived pros and cons of smoking and quitting

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

  Smoking Quitting
  Pros Cons Pros Cons
  Current HCS Former HCS Current HCS Former HCS Current HCS Former HCS Current HCS Former HCS
1. Finance   c a c p a p  
2. Health   cc cc pp pp
Serious problems and diseases     
Minor problems   c p
Physical fitness    c c p p  
Hygiene      
General health      p   
Appearance    c    
3. Intrapersonal Processes ppp ppp c p p ccc cc
Addiction/Dependence p p c    cc c
Stress pp pp      c c
Adherence to rules       
KillingTime    
Miscellaneous      
4. Social Environment p pp c c c
Children       
Social Exclusion p pp c c
Miscellaneous    
5. Physical Environment    c c p  
Odours    c c p  
Safety      
6. Food and Weight   p c c
Other        
No Pros or Cons c
  1. aThe perceived pros and cons for current and former hard-core smokers. The number of p’s (c’s) represent the percentage of all pros (cons) within a subgroup: (< 10%), p or c (10–30%), pp or cc (30–50%), ppp or ccc (> 50%). Themes in bold represent main themes.