Table 1 Characteristics of the participants (4928 baseline smokers) and the prevalence of smoking cessation at follow-up (%) in the Finnish Public Sector Study, 2000–2005
CovariatesAll n (%)Non-smokers at follow-up n (%)p Value
Sex:0.285
Women3771 (77)776 (21)
Men1157 (23)255 (22)
Married or cohabiting:0.472
Yes3396 (69)720 (21)
No1532 (31)311 (20)
Socioeconomic position:<0.001
Higher-grade non-manual973 (20)239 (25)
Lower-grade non-manual2558 (52)552 (22)
Manual1397 (28)240 (17)
Employer:0.039
Municipality3642 (74)736 (20)
Hospital1286 (26)295 (23)
Heavy drinking:<0.001
No4262 (86)929 (22)
Yes666 (14)102 (15)
Age:<0.001
Mean (SD)43.6 (8.8)42.2 (9.7)
Physical activity (MET h/week):0.264
Mean (SD)28.8 (27.2)29.7 (26.8)
Body mass index, kg/m2:0.045
Mean (SD)25.1 (4.1)24.9 (4.0)
Trait anxiety:0.013
Mean (SD)1.99 (0.58)1.95 (0.57)
  • MET, metabolic equivalent task.