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Challenging health inequalitiesFrom Acheson to choosing health$
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Elizabeth Dowler and Nick J. Spencer

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348999

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348999.001.0001

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

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

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(p.156) (p.157) Nine Behaving badly? Smoking and the role of behaviour change in tackling health inequalities
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Challenging health inequalities
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Spencer Nick

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348999.003.0009

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

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