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Table 3 Percentage distribution of smoking cessation among monks and novices

From: Smoking prevalence, determinants, knowledge, attitudes and habits among Buddhist monks in Lao PDR

  Total
Variables N %
Want to quit smoking   
   Yes 84 97.7
   No 2 2.3
Tried to quit smoking within last year   
   Yes 66 76.7
   No 20 23.3
How long did you stop smoking   
   ≤ 1 month 31 47
   1 – 5 months 28 42.4
   6 – 11 months 4 6.1
   1 year 2 3
   2 years or longer 1 1.5
Methods used to quit smoking   
   'Cold turkey' 8 18.2
   Drug therapy 2 4.5
   Weaning 34 77.3
   Others 22 50
Received advice to quit smoking   
   Yes 43 65.2
   No 23 34.8
Person giving advice to quit smoking (Multiple response)   
   Doctor/Nurse 7 53.8
   Lay people 13 22.4
   Fellow monks 21 36.2
   Media 4 6.9
   Others 20 34.5
Primary reason for quitting smoking   
   Illness (at or before time of quitting), 19 22.1
   Healthy, but wanted to prevent illness 35 40.7
   Seeing Illness develop in other smokers 11 12.8
   Family Disapproval 5 5.8
   Not enough money to buy tobacco 2 2.3
   Disapproval of friends and co-workers 2 2.3
   Don't know/refuse to answer 12 14.0
Reason not to quit smoking   
   Don't know how 31 36
   Just don't want to 5 5.8
   No advice 5 5.8
   Others 45 52.3