Table 1

Risk behaviors among participants in an oral cancer screening program (total N = 803)

Smoking History
 Never smoked439 (55%)
 Smoked at least 100 cigarettes in lifetime347 (43%)
 Missing17 (2%)
Current Tobacco Use
 Yes230 (29%)
 No573 (71%)
Type of current use (n = 230, current smokers)
 Currently smoke cigarettes216 (27%)
 Currently smoke cigars11 (1.4%)
 Currently smoke pipe1 (.1%)
 Currently use smokeless tobacco/chew2 (.2%)
Current smoking rate (n = 230)
 <½ pack a day102 (44%)
 ½ up to 1 pack a day84 (37%)
 >1 pack a day37 (16%)
 Missing7 (3%)
Smoking Duration (n = 230)
 [mean (SD); median; min–max]19 yrs (13); 17; 0.5–67.0
Quit attempts of current smokers (n = 230)
 Never tried to quit before46 (20%)
 Have tried to quit before141 (61%)
 Missing43 (19%)
Intentions to quit among current smokers (n = 230)
 Precontemplation (not thinking about quitting)50 (22%)
 Contemplation (planning quit attempt in next 6 mo)35 (15%)
 Preparation (planning to quit in the next 30 days)21 (9%)
 Action (taking current action to quit)48 (21%)
 Missing76 (33%)
Length of Cessation (n = 117, past smokers)
 Quit in the past 6 mo7 (6%)
 Quit >6 mo ago103 (88%)
 Missing7 (6%)
Number of reported drinks/per week
 ≤7/wk560 (70%)
 >7/wk, ≤14/wk22 (2%)
 ≥14/wk29 (4%)
 Missing192 (24%)
Alcohol abuse/dependence history (CAGE questionnaire)a
 Yes73 (9%)
 No730 (91%)
  • a Ref. 18 .