Table 1

Participant characteristics preimplementation and postimplementation of plain packaging (PP)

Pre-PP (smokers only)Present at pre-PP and post-PP (figures are pre-PP)*Post-PP (smokers and recent ex-smokers)
Per cent female54.454.053.6
Age (% years)
 55 or older35.436.942.6
Socioeconomic status (%)
Per cent ex-smokers
Mode Pre-PP
Mode Post-PP
Time in sample
 New recruit24.520.132.2
  • The pre-PP survey occurred between September 2011 and February 2012, whereas the post-PP survey occurred between February 2013 and May 2013.

  • *The middle column presents pre-PP data for those participants who were smoking pre-PP and were also present at follow-up, post-PP. A proportion of these smokers had quit post-PP, and this is reflected in the row % ex-smokers post-PP.