Smoking and stress
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Primary care-based smoking cessation interventions are often less effective among low-SES groups. Higher stress levels may explain the lower quit rate and higher prevalence of smoking in low-SES groups, and why the relative smoking prevalence rate is not declining at an equitable rate (same prevalence rate as higher SES groups). To understand these issues, this paper sought answers to two questions: is stress perceived by ex-smokers and current smokers as a barrier to quitting; and does stress act as a barrier to quitting in relation to other barriers in disadvantaged areas?