When Life's a Drag: Women, Smoking and Disadvantage
Cigarette smoking has been increasingly implicated as a cause of ill-health and premature death, and passive smoking represents a significant risk to the health of others, particularly children. Women's smoking in Britain, like men's, is associated with social and economic disadvantage. This book focuses on this fact, reviewing current evidence and reporting on a study designed to shed light on the connections between the smoking behaviour of white working class women and the circumstances of their daily lives. Based on interviews with 905 mothers in manual household, the study illustrates how cigarette smoking is part of the way in which women caring in circumstances of disadvantage cope when life's a drag.
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Introducing the study
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accounts alcohol associated baby Britain caring changes chapter cigarette smoking close consumption cope current smokers decline described differences disadvantage drinking employment ethnic evidence ex-smokers experiences factors feel felt female smokers Figure findings friends gave gender give up smoking groups habit half heavy smokers higher HMSO households housing identified increasing indicates less light smokers linked living with partner London lone majority manual mean measures months Mother living never smoked non-smokers noted occupation patterns population pregnancy prevalence rates problems proportion of mothers provides reasons recorded reflected regular reported responsibilities result sample scores significant significantly similar Single situations smok smoking behaviour smoking cessation smoking prevalence smoking status social stress suggests survey Table thing tion tobacco trends tried week weight White women aged women's smoking young