Table 1

Demographic and smoking behaviours of current smokers and recent quitters surveyed exiting tobacco retailers in New York City (November 2009 and August to September 2010)

OverallWave 1Wave 2t Test
n (%)n (%)n (%)p Value*
Total 504 (100)503 (100)
Demographic characteristics
 Age
  18–24 years172 (17.1)85 (16.9)87 (17.3)0.86
  25–44 years426 (42.3)210 (41.7)216 (42.9)0.68
  45–64 years371 (36.8)188 (37.3)183 (36.4)0.76
  65+ years38 (3.8)21 (4.2)17 (3.4)0.51
Male596 (59.2)301 (59.7)295 (58.6)0.73
 Race/ethnicity
  Caucasian267 (26.6)144 (28.6)123 (24.6)0.14
  African–American283 (28.2)140 (27.8)143 (28.6)0.82
  Hispanic/Latino324 (32.3)163 (32.3)161 (32.2)0.91
  Asian/mixed race/other130 (12.9)57 (11.3)73 (14.6)0.13
English language most often spoken at home (vs Spanish/other)809 (80.5)418 (83.3)391 (77.7) 0.03
High school graduate/GED or less538 (53.5)272 (54.0)266 (53.0)0.76
 Income
  <$25K470 (52.0)256 (54.6)214 (49.2)0.11
  $25K–50K211 (23.3)108 (23.0)103 (23.7)0.82
  >$50K223 (24.7)105 (22.4)118 (27.1)0.10
Smoking behaviours
 Current smoker865 (85.9)428 (84.9)437 (86.9)0.37
 Daily smoking (current smokers only)681 (78.7)346 (80.8)335 (76.7)0.13
 Number of cigarettes smoked per day (current smokers)
  1–10513 (60.4)230 (55.3)283 (65.2) <0.01
  11–20286 (33.7)153 (36.8)133 (30.6) 0.06
  21+51 (6.0)33 (7.9)18 (4.1) 0.02
  • Significant differences across survey wave are noted in bold typeface.

  • * p Value for t test of wave 1 versus wave 2.

  • GED, general educational development.