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Socioeconomic status and smoking: A review

Hiscock R, Bauld L, Amos A, Fidler JA & Munafo M (2012) Socioeconomic status and smoking: A review, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1248, pp. 107-123.

Smoking prevalence is higher among disadvantaged groups, and disadvantaged smokers may face higher exposure to tobacco's harms. Uptake may also be higher among those with low socioeconomic status (SES), and quit attempts are less likely to be successful. Studies have suggested that this may be the result of reduced social support for quitting, low motivation to quit, stronger addiction to tobacco, increased likelihood of not completing courses of pharmacotherapy or behavioral support sessions, psychological differences such as lack of self-efficacy, and tobacco industry marketing. Evidence of interventions that work among lower socioeconomic groups is sparse. Raising the price of tobacco products appears to be the tobacco control intervention with the most potential to reduce health inequalities from tobacco. Targeted cessation programs and mass media interventions can also contribute to reducing inequalities. To tackle the high prevalence of smoking among disadvantaged groups, a combination of tobacco control measures is required, and these should be delivered in conjunction with wider attempts to address inequalities in health.

socioeconomic status; health inequalities; disparities; smoking; tobacco control

AuthorsHiscock Rosemary, Bauld Linda, Amos Amanda, Fidler Jennifer A, Munafo Marcus
Publication date02/2012
ISSN 0077-8923

Annals of the new York Academy of Sciences: Volume 1248 (2012)

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