Table 3 Percentages of quit attempts reported as being triggered by different factors in relation to age
TriggerAgeSignificance (linear)
16 to 2425 to 3435 to 4445 to 5455 to 6465+
Advice from a GP/health professional5.33.23.66.011.213.8<0.001***
TV advert for a nicotine replacement product3.81.30.70.30.40.7<0.001***
Government TV/radio/press advert3.00.92.51.41.60.70.113
Hearing about a new stop smoking treatment1.00.60.70.82.00.00.773
A decision that smoking was too expensive13.510.212.213.112.411.60.894
Being faced with smoking restrictions3.83.23.34.93.23.60.839
I knew someone else who was stopping6.45.14.54.62.42.20.005**
Seeing a health warning on a cigarette packet1.50.61.80.80.40.70.308
Being contacted by my local NHS Stop Smoking Services0.00.60.90.50.80.70.117
Health problems I had at the time14.113.116.522.725.632.6<0.001***
A concern about future health problems21.035.731.430.627.619.4<0.001*** (NL)
Any health reason†35.349.748.853.654.253.2<0.001***
Pressure from family to stop2.53.83.43.02.44.30.665
Pregnancy5.95.71.60.00.00.0<0.001***
Worried for children2.62.32.01.40.81.40.054
Knew someone who was ill or had died (from smoking)2.10.91.31.41.20.00.108
Just decided to quit4.65.75.63.04.00.70.045*
Health reasons, general0.21.11.10.30.81.40.312
Not stated/don’t know14.811.68.34.93.26.5<0.001***
  • *p<0.05, **p<0.01, ***p<0.001; NL, non-linear association.

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