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Table 5 Beliefs about "lights" among "lights" and regular cigarette smokers

From: Misperceptions of "light" cigarettes abound: National survey data

Variable "Lights" smokers
(n = 247)
(column %)
Regular smokers
(n = 910)
(column %)
Adjusted OR# for beliefs by "lights" smokers (95% CI)
(where referent group is those not agreeing)
Agree that "lights" make it easier to quit smoking* 25.4 21.4 1.28 (0.83 – 1.98)
Agree that "lights" are less harmful than regular cigarettes* 41.8 25.6 2.23 (1.48 – 3.36)
Agree that smokers of "lights" take in less tar than smokers of regular cigarettes* 42.8 35.4 1.49 (1.00 – 2.21)
Holding at least one of the above 3 beliefs that "lights" confer health benefits (referent group = those holding none of the above 3 beliefs) 60.4 45.0 2.01 (1.35 – 2.99)
Agree** that "lights" are smoother on the throat and chest than regular cigarettes* 64.8 51.0 1.78 (0.63 – 5.01)
The way a smoker puffs on a cigarette can affect the amount of tar and nicotine a smoker takes in (% true) 58.6 64.5 0.74 (0.51 – 1.09)
The way a smoker holds a cigarette can affect the amount of tar and nicotine a smoker takes in (% true) 24.2 29.7 0.78 (0.52 – 1.17)
  1. * Agree = answered "agree" or "strongly agree" to interview question.
  2. ** This question was included only in the first quarter of the Wave 1 survey and subsequently removed to reduce the length of the questionnaire.
  3. # Adjusted by age and sex.