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Educational inequalities in smoking among men and women aged 16 years and older in 11 European countries.
Tob Control. 2005 Apr; 14(2):106-13.TC

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To determine those groups who are at increased risk of smoking related diseases, we assessed in which male and female generations smoking was more prevalent among lower educated groups than among the higher educated, in 11 European countries.

DESIGN

Cross sectional analysis of data on smoking, covering the year 1998, from a social survey designed for all member states of the European Union.

SUBJECTS

Higher and lower educated men and women aged 16 years and older from 11 member states of the European Union.

OUTCOME MEASURES

Age standardised prevalence rates by education and prevalence odds ratios of current and ever daily smoking comparing lower educated groups with higher educated groups.

RESULTS

A north-south gradient in educational inequalities in current and ever daily smoking was observed for women older than 24 years, showing larger inequalities in the northern countries. Such a gradient was not observed for men. A disadvantage for the lower educated in terms of smoking generally occurred later among women than among men. Indications of inequalities in smoking in the age group 16-24 years were observed for all countries, with the exception of women from Greece and Portugal.

CONCLUSIONS

Preventing and reducing smoking among lower educated subgroups should be a priority of policies aiming to reduce inequalities in health in Europe. If steps are not taken to control tobacco use among the lower educated groups specifically, inequalities in lung cancer and other smoking related diseases should be anticipated in all populations of the European Union, and both sexes.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, PO Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands. m.huisman@erasmusmc.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15791020

Citation

Huisman, M, et al. "Educational Inequalities in Smoking Among Men and Women Aged 16 Years and Older in 11 European Countries." Tobacco Control, vol. 14, no. 2, 2005, pp. 106-13.
Huisman M, Kunst AE, Mackenbach JP. Educational inequalities in smoking among men and women aged 16 years and older in 11 European countries. Tob Control. 2005;14(2):106-13.
Huisman, M., Kunst, A. E., & Mackenbach, J. P. (2005). Educational inequalities in smoking among men and women aged 16 years and older in 11 European countries. Tobacco Control, 14(2), 106-13.
Huisman M, Kunst AE, Mackenbach JP. Educational Inequalities in Smoking Among Men and Women Aged 16 Years and Older in 11 European Countries. Tob Control. 2005;14(2):106-13. PubMed PMID: 15791020.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Educational inequalities in smoking among men and women aged 16 years and older in 11 European countries. AU - Huisman,M, AU - Kunst,A E, AU - Mackenbach,J P, PY - 2005/3/26/pubmed PY - 2005/6/9/medline PY - 2005/3/26/entrez SP - 106 EP - 13 JF - Tobacco control JO - Tob Control VL - 14 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To determine those groups who are at increased risk of smoking related diseases, we assessed in which male and female generations smoking was more prevalent among lower educated groups than among the higher educated, in 11 European countries. DESIGN: Cross sectional analysis of data on smoking, covering the year 1998, from a social survey designed for all member states of the European Union. SUBJECTS: Higher and lower educated men and women aged 16 years and older from 11 member states of the European Union. OUTCOME MEASURES: Age standardised prevalence rates by education and prevalence odds ratios of current and ever daily smoking comparing lower educated groups with higher educated groups. RESULTS: A north-south gradient in educational inequalities in current and ever daily smoking was observed for women older than 24 years, showing larger inequalities in the northern countries. Such a gradient was not observed for men. A disadvantage for the lower educated in terms of smoking generally occurred later among women than among men. Indications of inequalities in smoking in the age group 16-24 years were observed for all countries, with the exception of women from Greece and Portugal. CONCLUSIONS: Preventing and reducing smoking among lower educated subgroups should be a priority of policies aiming to reduce inequalities in health in Europe. If steps are not taken to control tobacco use among the lower educated groups specifically, inequalities in lung cancer and other smoking related diseases should be anticipated in all populations of the European Union, and both sexes. SN - 1468-3318 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15791020/Educational_inequalities_in_smoking_among_men_and_women_aged_16_years_and_older_in_11_European_countries_ L2 - http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=15791020 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -