Table 4 Health beliefs
MaleFemale
All (%)18–34 (%)35–54 (%)55+ (%)Non-smokers (%)Smokers (%)All (%)18–34 (%)35–54 (%)55+ (%)Non-smokers (%)Smokers (%)
Is nicotine addictive?
    Yes, like illicit drugs37.036.038.136.842.333.546.744.143.352.948.239.3
    Yes, but less than illicit drugs49.046.650.949.943.752.642.244.745.236.741.148.2
    Yes, but easily overcome8.19.86.67.98.77.65.77.37.42.34.910.0
    No3.04.32.71.70.94.51.10.31.21.71.11.3
Does smoking shorten life?
    No10.011.48.99.76.312.55.86.95.65.14.015.1
    Yes, only for people with cancer4.64.35.14.33.75.23.74.92.63.83.64.1
    Yes, by 1–2 years12.712.515.18.88.515.59.114.79.13.96.920.0
    Yes, by 3–5 years33.333.832.833.435.032.233.530.435.434.134.627.8
    Yes, by more than 5 years24.321.024.928.535.716.734.628.834.539.937.818.4
Secondhand smoke:
    Severely harmful to adults and children60.757.862.961.671.853.375.368.975.281.477.365.4
    Harmful only for some people if exposure heavy20.020.819.619.617.221.914.818.716.59.313.521.3
    Affects health but only slightly11.412.911.19.65.815.25.87.65.84.14.810.6
    No harm3.14.12.62.40.74.70.81.10.60.70.61.4
Light cigarettes safer than regular ones
    Percentage yes28.928.431.325.522.333.320.728.019.615.318.432.5
  • Those responding “difficult to say” not reported so columns may not add up to 100%.