Nicotine dependence, socioeconomic status, lifestyle behaviours and lifetime quit attempts among adults in South Africa

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Nicotine dependence, socioeconomic status, lifestyle behaviours and lifetime quit attempts among adults in South Africa

Ayo-Yusuf, O.A. and Omole, O.B., 2020

Little is known in South Africa about the relationship between smokers’ nicotine dependence levels, socio-economic status and other lifestyle behaviours. The study explored the relationship between nicotine dependence, socio-economic status, lifestyle behaviours and lifetime quit attempts among adult smokers in South Africa. Results of the study showed an association of high nicotine dependence (HND) with high socioeconomic status. The study concludes that although cessation treatment based on an integrated lifestyle behavioural intervention package may suffice for most smokers, a more intense cessation treatment package is needed for smokers of higher socio-economic status.