Table 2

Usual source* of cigarettes among regular smokers by free school meal status

FSMOthers
20062008p Value20062008p Value
N141106534358
Bought from
 Supermarket26.3%11.8%<0.0126.6%15.3%<0.01
 Newsagent64.2%45.1%<0.0167.1%46.7%<0.01
 Garage28.5%10.8%<0.0129.5%15.9%<0.01
 Vending machine14.6%13.7%0.8517.5%11.6%0.02
 Friends and relatives36.5%41.2%0.4629.1%36.8%0.02
 Someone else25.5%35.3%0.1019.8%33.7%<0.01
Given by
 Siblings17.5%13.7%0.4314.5%13.0%0.55
 Parents18.2%11.8%0.177.1%9.1%0.90
 Friends49.6%49.0%0.9349.5%50.4%0.85
Ease of purchase from shop
 Difficult to buy cigarettes from shop25.2%33.3%0.2121.2%36.9%<0.01
 Bought cigarettes at shop at last attempt82.0%77.4%0.4884.8%71.6%<0.01
  • χ2 test used to test whether percentage differences were statistically significant.

  • * Students were able to select more than one usual source.

  • FSM, pupils eligible for free school meals.