Table 2 Percentages of quit attempts reported as being triggered by different factors in relation to gender and social grade
TriggerGenderSocial grade†Significance (linear)
MaleFemaleSignificanceABC1C2DE
Advice from a GP/health professional4.37.00.004**4.46.16.05.55.60.647
TV advert for a nicotine replacement product1.81.40.4640.51.61.82.31.10.199
Government TV/radio/press advert2.31.60.2140.22.81.41.93.40.070
Hearing about a new stop smoking treatment1.10.60.1961.70.70.50.60.70.131
A decision that smoking was too expensive12.611.80.59610.09.313.216.113.10.002**
Being faced with smoking restrictions4.13.20.2403.93.04.44.42.20.944
I knew someone else who was stopping4.25.30.2034.15.25.14.84.10.951
Seeing a health warning on a cigarette packet1.31.00.4860.01.40.72.11.50.023*
Being contacted by my local NHS Stop Smoking Services0.60.40.5910.50.60.20.80.40.969
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 stop3.03.30.6502.93.63.91.93.70.717
Pregnancy1.15.1<0.001***2.73.03.22.94.10.427
Worried for children1.42.70.025*1.52.41.91.33.40.506
Knew someone who was ill or had died (from smoking)1.11.60.3450.51.20.92.12.60.008**
Just decided to quit5.43.60.035*5.34.65.33.83.00.141
Health reasons, general0.60.70.7701.50.10.50.81.10.990
Not stated/don’t know8.110.90.020*8.59.910.48.69.40.992
  • *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).