After looking at if people who quit stayed smoke-free due to the recent massive tax hike, here we have iShare looking at the overall population to see who quit smoking due to the price rise. As most people predicted, the long-overdue price rise wasn’t matched by a similar reduction in smoking rates.
Between the 4th and 8th of November 2010 661 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 56.1% of the sample were male, 25.6% in their twenties, 33.4% in their thirties, and 41.0% in their forties.
One slight problem with the data here is that the smoking population at 21.3% of men and 8.3% of women is about half of the usually-accepted figures, although I don’t know why this sample would differ from the general population.
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Q1: Did you smoke before the tobacco price rise on the 1st of October 2010? (Sample size=661)
|Yes (to SQ2)||15.6%||21.3%||8.3%|
|No (to SQ1)||84.4%||78.7%||91.7%|
Note that the following questions are rather confusingly interlinked! If there is no (to SQx) for an answer, it means that the survey is complete.
Q1SQ1: Did any of your family smoke before the tobacco price rise on the 1st of October 2010? (Sample size=558)
|Yes (to SQ3)||19.7%||14.0%||25.9%|
Q1SQ2: Did you give up or reduce your smoking after the tobacco price rise on the 1st of October 2010? (Sample size=103)
|Quit smoking (to SQ4)||8.7%||8.9%||8.3%|
|Cut down smoking (to SQ4 onwards)||27.2%||25.3%||33.3%|
|Carried on as before||64.1%||65.8%||58.3%|
Q1SQ3: Did you suggest to your family members that they give up or reduce smoking after the tobacco price rise on the 1st of October 2010? (Sample size=110)
|Recommended they quit||28.2%||19.5%||33.3%|
|Recommended they cut down||19.1%||17.1%||20.3%|
|Didn’t recommend either||52.7%||63.4%||46.4%|
Q1SQ4: Which of the following items did you use to help you cut down, quit, regardless of whether you succeeded or not? (Sample size=37, multiple answer)
|Ordinary chewing gum, boiled sweets||10.8%||7.4%||20.0%|
|Over-the-counter nicotine patch||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|Prescription nicotine patch||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|Over-the-counter nicotine gum||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|None of the above, willpower only||67.6%||74.1%||50.0%|
Q1SQ5: After cutting down, quitting, how did your weight change? (Sample size=37)
|Stayed the same||73.0%||77.8%||60.0%|
Q1SQ6: Are you currently continuing to cut down, quit smoking? (Sample size=37)
|Failed but trying again||5.4%||3.7%||10.0%|