Smoking behaviour in Denmark among heavy smoking women with low levels of education

Lise Uldall Bak Mortensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Equity in health is a cornerstone in the Danish welfare state and is often heavily debated in the media. In April 2009, the Commission of Prevention published a report, which illustrated a noteworthy increase in the social inequality in the Danish health. Smoking accounted for the second greatest social inequality in the Danish burden of disease (Forebyggelseskommissionen 2009: 3), and stood out as the major killer responsible for the deaths of around 14.000 people a year. The Danish Institute of Public Health has studied the Danish smoking behavior from 1987- 2005 and has found that while the absolute number of smokers in Denmark has decreased, the number of heavy smoking women with low levels of education has increased from 18 % in 1987 to 23 % in 2005 (Ekholm et al 2006:77) This development has occurred simultaneously with a growing public focus on tobacco control policies. The ambition of the study is to understand why the women continue to smoke unaffected by the Danish tobacco control policies.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 jun. 2009


  • smoking behaviour
  • social inequality