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Socio-economic status in relation to smoking: The role of (expected and desired) social support and quitter identity


  • Meijer, Eline
  • Gebhardt, Winifred A.
  • Van Laar, Colette
  • Kawous, Ramin
  • Beijk, Sarah C.A.M.


Smoking behavior differs substantially between lower and higher socioeconomic status (SES) groups. Previous research shows that social support for quitting may be more available to higher-SES smokers, and higher-SES smokers may have stronger nonsmoker self-identities (i.e., can see themselves more as nonsmokers).

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  • Meijer, Eline & Gebhardt, Winifred A. & Van Laar, Colette & Kawous, Ramin & Beijk, Sarah C.A.M., 2016. "Socio-economic status in relation to smoking: The role of (expected and desired) social support and quitter identity," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 162(C), pages 41-49.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:162:y:2016:i:c:p:41-49
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.06.022

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    1. Royce, Jacqueline M. & Corbett, Kitty & Sorensen, Glorian & Ockene, Judith, 1997. "Gender, social pressure, and smoking cessations: The Community Intervention Trial for Smoking Cessation (COMMIT) at baseline," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 44(3), pages 359-370, February.
    2. Cutler, David M. & Lleras-Muney, Adriana, 2010. "Understanding differences in health behaviors by education," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 1-28, January.
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