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Table 1 Univariable odds ratios for the association between risk factors and reporting never having tried to quit smoking

From: Characteristics of smokers who have never tried to quit: evidence from the British Opinions and Lifestyle Survey

Variable N % never tried to quit Odds ratio (95% CI) Wald p-value
All respondents 877 21.3   
Sex
Female 448 21.4 1.00 0.918
Male 429 21.1 0.98 (0.68-1.41)
Age group
65+ 133 18.0 1.00 0.017
55-64 133 20.2 1.15 (0.60-2.23)
45-54 158 13.9 0.74 (0.37-1.47)
35-44 181 20.3 1.16 (0.64-2.10)
25-34 168 21.4 1.24 (0.67-2.29)
16-24 104 35.1 2.47 (1.30-4.67)
NS-SEC social group
Managerial and professional occupations 226 16.8 1.00 0.080
Intermediate occupations 157 20.4 1.27 (0.72-2.26)
Routine and manual occupations 431 21.8 1.39 (0.89-2.17)
Not classified 63 33.7 2.52 (1.24-5.10)
Highest educational qualification
No formal qualifications 290 23.4 1.00 0.087
Level 1 GCSE D-G 54 20.6 0.85 (0.41-1.78)
Level 2 GCSE A*-C 186 16.5 0.65 (0.38-1.10)
Level 3 A levels or equivalent 110 31.5 1.50 (0.87-2.59)
Level 4 At least some higher education 148 18.3 0.73 (0.41-1.32)
Other qualifications 89 16.3 0.64 (0.33-1.23)
Does your household have access to a car?
Has access to a car 569 19.7 1.00 0.109
No access to a car 308 25.1 1.37 (0.93-2.00)
Household structure
One person only 294 22.9 1.00 0.079
Married cohabiting with dependent child 164 21.9 0.95 (0.58-1.54)
Married cohabiting no dependent child 243 15.9 0.64 (0.40-1.00)
Lone parent with dependent child 100 22.9 1.00 (0.53-1.88)
Lone parent no dependent child 18 16.8 0.68 (0.18-2.49)
Other 58 34.7 1.79 (0.94-3.40)
How good is your health?
Fair/bad/very bad 272 15.0 1.00 0.007
Good/very good 605 23.7 1.76 (1.16-2.67)
Do you have a longstanding illness?
Yes, and limits activities 220 17.3 1.00 0.040*
Yes, but does not limit activities 93 13.1 0.72 (0.33-1.58)
Do not have illness/disability 564 24.0 1.51 (0.96-2.36)
Average daily cigarette consumption
10 or less 84 23.0 1.00 0.712
11 to 20 91 25.9 1.17 (0.53-2.58)
21 to 30 214 21.5 0.92 (0.47-1.78)
31+ 488 19.9 0.83 (0.45-1.53)
How soon after waking do you smoke your first cigarette of the day?
After 60 minutes 318 24.1 1.00 0.249
30-59 minutes 171 17.3 0.66 (0.39-1.10)
5-29 minutes 261 22.4 0.91 (0.59-1.40)
Within 5 minutes 127 16.2 0.61 (0.32-1.14)
Which statement best describes the rules on smoking inside your home?
Smoking is not allowed at all 218 19.5 1.00 0.023
Smoking is allowed in some rooms or at some times 395 18.2 0.92 (0.58-1.46)
Smoking is allowed anywhere 264 28.2 1.62 (1.00-2.62)
How much do you want to quit?
Very much indeed 218 6.69 1.00 <0.001
Quite a lot 209 15.5 2.56 (1.20-5.47)
A Fair amount 129 20.2 3.52 (1.59-7.79)
A little 67 21.0 3.71 (1.53-8.97)
Don’t want to quit 254 38.7 8.82 (4.44-17.51)
When do you intend to give up smoking?
Within the next month 117 12.3 1.00 <0.001
Within the next 6 months 201 10.8 0.86 (0.39-1.92)
Within the next year 157 11.2 0.90 (0.39-2.09)
Some point after next year 156 23.3 2.16 (1.02-4.59)
I have no intention of giving up 246 39.8 4.72 (2.38-9.35)
During the last year has a family member, friend or colleague been trying to get you to quit smoking?
Yes 469 15.2 1.00 <0.001
No 408 28.8 2.25 (1.54-3.28)
In the last 5 years have you been given advice on smoking by a health professional and did you find it helpful?
Yes, I had a helpful discussion 266 10.1 1.00 <0.001
Yes, I was given something helpful to take away and read 44 14.5 1.51 (0.50-4.51)
Yes, I had a discussion but didn’t find it useful 143 25.3 3.02 (1.59-5.74)
Yes, I was given something to take away and read but didn’t find it useful 65 23.3 2.70 (1.23-5.94)
No, I didn’t receive any advice 359 28.6 3.57 (2.09-6.11)
Did the respondent identify smoking as the cause of most deaths before the age of 65 in the UK?
Yes, correct response given 330 17.3 1.00 0.046
No, incorrect response given 547 23.6 1.48 (1.01-2.17)
How good is your knowledge about the dangers of passive smoking?
Above average 506 18.9 1.00 0.079
Below average 371 24.5 1.39 (0.96-2.00)
  1. OR = odds ratio, 95% CI = 95% confidence interval.
  2. *Adjusted Wald p-values accounting for survey design may appear significant event though the confidence intervals for each category do not.
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