Cigarette smoking trends and social disparities among south African adults, 2003–2011

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Cigarette smoking trends and social disparities among south African adults, 2003–2011

Ayo-Yusuf, O.A., Olutola, B.G. and Agaku, I.T., 2015

The study examined trends in current cigarette smoking overall and by socioeconomic status (SES) in South Africa during 2003–2011. Data were obtained from the 2003, 2007 and 2011 South African Social Attitudes Survey. No significant change was observed in the overall prevalence of current smoking during 2003–2011, although declines were observed among those with no education. However, increased smoking was observed among the most educated women. Results showed the need for intensified implementation of taxation measures as part of a comprehensive tobacco control to further reduce smoking differences.