Research article: Socio-economic inequalities in smoking prevalence, consumption, initiation and cessation in the Netherlands

Nagelhout et al.: Trends in socio-economic inequalities in smoking prevalence, consumption, initiation, and cessation between 2001 and 2008 in the Netherlands. Findings from a national population survey. BMC Public Health 2012 12:303

Repeated cross-sectional population surveys from 2001 to 2008 were used to examine changes in smoking prevalence, smoking consumption (number of cigarettes per day), initiation ratios (ratio of ever smokers to all respondents), and quit ratios (ratio of former smokers to ever smokers) in the Netherlands. Education level and income level were used as indicators of SES and results were reported separately for men and women.

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