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Behaving badly? Smoking and the role of behaviour change in tackling health inequalities

Spencer Nick

in Challenging health inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348999
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348999.003.0009
Behaving badly? Smoking and the role of behaviour change in tackling health inequalities

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This chapter examines the role of behavioural change in reducing health inequalities, focusing of cigarette smoking. It provides an overview of recent health policy initiatives aimed at smoking reduction and the theoretical debates on the effectiveness of policies that seek to reduce health inequalities through changing individual smoking behaviour. It explores the relationship between cigarette smoking and a range of social and material factors that appear to be key determinants of smoking behaviour and identifies the key challenges for future smoking cessation policy.

Keywords: behavioural change; health inequalities; cigarette smoking; health policy; smoking behaviour

Chapter.  5844 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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