Gender and socioeconomic disparities in reasons for not smoking cigarettes among Danish adolescents

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Abstract

Objective: To examine gender and socioeconomic differences in adolescents’ reasons for not smoking cigarettes using self-reported data from Danish 14-year-olds (N = 1,559) collected in 2018. χ2-tests were used to assess whether the proportion of students who rated 12 statements as important reasons for not smoking cigarettes differed according to gender and family occupational social class (OSC). Results: More girls than boys stated that thinking the taste of cigarettes is disgusting, not being allowed to smoke by parents, knowing smoking is dangerous, not being allowed to smoke before the age of 18, not wanting to be addicted to smoking, and that smoking makes you smell bad were important reasons for choosing not to smoke cigarettes. More boys than girls reported exercising a lot and having a partner that does not smoke as important reasons for not smoking cigarettes. More students with a high OSC compared with a low OSC stated exercising a lot and that smoking makes you smell bad were important reasons. In conclusion, reasons for not smoking cigarettes differed substantially across gender and less according to socioeconomic position.
Original languageEnglish
Article number33
JournalBMC Research Notes
Volume14
Issue number1
ISSN1756-0500
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Cigarettes
  • Motivations
  • Non-smoking
  • Reasons
  • Smoking
  • Smoking prevention
  • Tobacco

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