Intention to quit smoking: is the partner's smoking status associated with the smoker's intention to quit?

Int J Behav Med. 2008;15(4):328-35. doi: 10.1080/10705500802365607.


Background: Smoking behavior among couples is often similar.

Purpose: The aim of the study was to examine the relationship between the partner's smoking status and the intention to stop smoking of the index person.

Method: Cross-sectional data of 1,044 patients in a random sample of 34 general medical practices in northeastern Germany were analyzed.

Results: Among smokers with a non-smoking partner (SNP), more intended to quit smoking in the next six months (37.0% vs. 31.4%), compared to smokers with a smoking partner (SSP). Also, more SNP intended to quit in the next four weeks (4.7% vs. 2.7%) compared to SSP. SNP were more active in the use of self-change strategies than SSP.

Conclusion: The data confirm that the partner's smoking status is related to the intention to quit smoking. Interventions should address the different needs of both smokers with a smoking partner and those with a non-smoking partner.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Family Characteristics*
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Intention*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Self Efficacy
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology*
  • Social Support
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / psychology
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / rehabilitation
  • Young Adult