Table 3

Differences due to susceptibility in factors associated with uptake of smoking among never users and past users

Never usersPast users
Not susceptible (n = 404)Susceptible (n = 103)Vulnerable (n = 31)Not susceptible (n = 116)Susceptible (n = 69)Vulnerable (n = 44)
*Response options: 1 = very important; 2 = somewhat important; 3 = not too important; 4 = not important at all.
†Response options: 1 = strongly agree; 2 = agree; 3 = disagree; 4 = strongly disagree.
How important do the following people think it is for you to stay off cigarettes?*
    Mother1.141.251.341.181.191.19
F = 2.65, p = 0.072F = 1.25, p = 0.288
    Best friend1.471.642.111.581.462.03
F = 5.10, p = 0.007F = 4.26, p = 0.016
    Most people your own age1.561.722.261.691.902.10
F = 7.98, p<0.001F = 2.88, p = 0.059
Smoking related attitudes
    Positive mental effects of smoking3.443.062.653.172.982.77
F = 29.21, p<0.001F = 5.53, p = 0.005
    Positive appearance features of smoking3.773.503.123.573.383.16
F = 33.56, p<0.001F = 7.87, p<0.001
    Negative physical and social effects of smoking1.762.152.212.092.102.26
F = 16.78, p<0.001F = 0.74, p = 0.479
    Rationalisations for the safety of smoking3.453.172.863.303.082.90
F = 23.68, p<0.001F = 8.43, p<0.001
    Smoking helps people meet other people3.573.372.893.403.323.14
F = 13.96, p<0.001F = 1.64, p = 0.196
    If someone only smokes with friends and not when alone, that person is addicted to cigarettes2.882.863.002.963.103.07
F = 0.24, p = 0.787F = 0.70, p = 0.500
    I can easily control whether I smoke or not2.212.342.212.091.852.19
F = 0.42, p = 657F = 1.25, p = 0.288