Table 4 Percentages of quit attempts reported as being triggered by different factors in relation to time since quit
TriggerTime since quit attemptSignificance (linear)
Less than 3 months3 to 6 months6 to 9 months9 to 12 months
Advice from a doctor/health professional5.
TV advert for a nicotine replacement product1.
Government TV/radio/press advert2.
Hearing about a new stop smoking treatment1.**
A decision that smoking was too expensive13.714.*
Being faced with smoking restrictions4.*
I knew someone else who was stopping3.
Seeing a health warning on a cigarette packet2.
Being contacted by my local NHS Stop Smoking Services0.
Health problems I had at the time19.416.917.018.90.840
A concern about future health problems14.728.130.828.40.472
Any health reason†46.545.349.147.80.386
Pressure from family to stop2.*
Worried for children1.
Knew someone who was ill or had died (from smoking)
Just decided to quit3.
Health reasons, general0.
Not stated/don’t know8.*
  • *p<0.05, **p<0.01, ***p<0.001.

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