Table 2

Awareness of health effects, Quitline and use of Quitline (unprompted) (smokers of manufactured cigarettes only)

2005

(n = 504)

2006

(n = 525)

2007

(n = 414)

2008

(n = 464)


Beliefs that smoking causes illness and/or damage to the body

    Set A related beliefs

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Emphysema

New/Old

60%

59%

57%

52%

Mouth cancer

New/New

10%

24% a

21% a

21% a

Throat cancer

New/New

14%

17%

17%

22% b

Gangrene

New/New

4%

27% a

25% a

28% a

Blocked arteries

New/Old

10%

19% b

14%

12% β

    Set B related beliefs

Blindness/Eye damage

New/Old

16%

11%

25% b

16% ϕ

Stroke

New/Old

9%

8%

17% b

11% ϕ

Harms unborn babies*

New/Old

8%

5%

13% c

13%

Addiction#

Old/New

7%

10%

10%

10%

Heart disease#

Old/New

39%

34%

36%

33%

Lung cancer#

Old/New

55%

53%

55%

55%

    'Control' beliefs

Asthma

n/a

20%

19%

15%

6% a

Cough

n/a

9%

6%

8%

12%

Blood pressure

n/a

11%

7%

7%

7%

Impotence

n/a

0%

0%

<1%

<1%

What services are available to help smokers quit

Quitline

71%

75%

81% a

78% c

Correct recall of Quitline number

5%

n/a

14% b

n/a

Method of quit attempt (of those who tried to quit in the past year)

(n = 201)

(n = 209)

(n = 163)

(n = 164)

Called the Quitline

7%

8% b

11%

12%


* Similar to previous warning "smoking in pregnancy may harm the unborn child" # Old warnings and new warning

aSignificant difference from baseline (2005) p < 0.001

bSignificant difference from baseline (2005) p < 0.01

cSignificant difference from baseline (2005) p < 0.05

βSignificant difference from 2006 p < 0.01

ϕSignificant difference from 2007 p < 0.05

Miller et al. BMC Public Health 2011 11:238   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-238

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