Table 2 Percentages of quit attempts reported as being triggered by different factors in relation to gender and social grade
TriggerGenderSocial grade†Significance (linear)
Advice from a GP/health professional4.37.00.004**
TV advert for a nicotine replacement product1.81.40.4640.
Government TV/radio/press advert2.31.60.2140.
Hearing about a new stop smoking treatment1.10.60.1961.
A decision that smoking was too expensive12.611.80.59610.09.313.**
Being faced with smoking restrictions4.13.20.2403.
I knew someone else who was stopping4.25.30.2034.
Seeing a health warning on a cigarette packet1.31.00.4860.*
Being contacted by my local NHS Stop Smoking Services0.60.40.5910.
Health problems I had at the time17.618.50.55416.716.416.320.722.10.017*
A concern about future health problems30.626.30.018*38.330.927.422.421.7<0.001***
Any health reason‡48.845.50.10256.347.544.543.944.90.001**
Pressure from family to stop3.03.30.6502.
Worried for children1.42.70.025*
Knew someone who was ill or had died (from smoking)**
Just decided to quit5.43.60.035*
Health reasons, general0.60.70.7701.
Not stated/don’t know8.110.90.020*8.59.910.
  • *p<0.05, **p<0.01, ***p<0.001.

  • †AB, higher and intermediate managerial/administrative/professional; C1, supervisory, clerical, junior managerial/administrative/professional; C2, skilled manual workers; D, semiskilled and unskilled manual workers; E, on state benefit, unemployed, lowest grade workers.

  • ‡Composite health variable combining the triggers of current and future health concern, and health reasons (unspecified as current or future).