Table 3

Reasons reported for smoking initiation among ever smokers, weighted.*

All

(n = 2378)

%

France

(n = 467)

%

Ireland

(n = 519)

%

Italy

(n = 474)

%

Czech Republic

(n = 429)

%

Sweden

(n = 489)

%

χ2

p-value


My friends smoked

62.3

67.7

65.4

58.6

61.3

58.3

0.0152

Smoking made me look more cool

25.5

14.2

35.4

19.4

28.1

27.6

<0.0001

My friends approved of my smoking

6.9

5.5

16.3

0.9

10.3

0.6

<0.0001

It helped me manage my stress

6.8

8.9

8.1

7.2

7.6

2.6

0.0021

My family members smoked

6.1

6.1

11.1

6.4

4.6

1.7

<0.0001

I was not worried about health effects

5.9

0.4

21.1

0.2

0.9

3.0

<0.0001

I believed I could quit whenever I wanted to

5.6

0.7

18.2

0.2

4.1

1.8

<0.0001

Tobacco advertising was attractive to me

1.7

1.4

4.6

0.1

0.4

1.0

<0.0001

Weight concerns

1.5

1.0

5.0

0.4

0.4

0.2

<0.0001

I was less depressed when I smoked

1.5

1.5

1.7

2.4

1.1

0.8

0.4108

My parents did not mind that I smoked

0.6

0.4

0.5

0.6

0.5

1.1

0.7187

Other

15.6

11.4

14.5

24.5

13.3

14.2

<0.0001


*Participants were allowed to list more than one reason for smoking initiation.

Oh et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:74   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-74

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