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Table 4 Reasons for smoking heroin

From: SMOKE IT! Promoting a change of opiate consumption pattern - from injecting to inhaling

  Sex Age (years) Total
  M F 19–29 30–39 40+
  (N = 88) (N = 24) (N = 32) (N = 50) (N = 30) (N = 112)
Curiosity 51.1% 41.7% 62.5% 42.0% 46.7% 49.1%
Healthier than injection 56.8% 66.7% 53.1% 60.0% 63.3% 58.9%
Lower risk of HIV and hepatitis 34.1% 41.7% 34.4% 40.0% 30.0% 35.7%
Lower costs 9.1% 4.2% 18.8% 4.0% 3.3% 8.0%
Quicker alleviation of withdrawal symptoms 15.9% 8.3% 12.5% 18.0% 10.0% 14.3%
Veins need a break 30.7% 29.2% 28.1% 22.0% 46.7% 30.4%
No sterile syringes available 4.5% 4.2% 6.3% 6.0% .0% 4.5%
Avoidance of overdose 36.4% 25.0% 46.9% 28.0% 30.0% 33.9%
Recommended by others 18.2% 20.8% 28.1% 12.0% 20.0% 18.8%