Comparison of native light daily smokers and light daily smokers who were former heavy smokers

Laura J. Fish, Kathryn I. Pollak, Taneisha S. Scheuermann, Lisa Sanderson Cox, Charu Mathur, Jasjit S Ahluwalia

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Introduction: An increasing proportion of daily smokers are light smokers (≤10 cigarettes per day). Some light smokers have never smoked more than 10 cigarettes per day (native light smokers) and others smoked at higher levels but have cut down (converted light smokers). It is important that we expand our understanding of these distinct subgroups of light smokers in order to develop effective interventions. Methods: Data for this report come from a larger sample of smokers who completed a cross-sectional survey administered through an online panel survey service. The sample of 522 light smokers included 256 native light smokers and 266 as converted light smokers. The goal of the analysis was to examine demographic, smoking, and psychosocial factors that differentiate between native and converted light smokers. Results: Multivariable logistic regression results showed 4 variables that differentiated between native and converted light smokers. Native light smokers were more likely to be Black than White, smoke fewer cigarettes per day, smoked fewer total years, and had higher perceived risk of heart disease than converted light smokers. Conclusions: Native and converted light smokers are similar in many ways and also differ on some important characteristics. Further exploration of group difference is needed and could help to inform for cessation strategies for daily light smokers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-551
Number of pages6
JournalNicotine and Tobacco Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2015

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