Why Are So Many Smokers Still Smoking?
Tobacco use remains ubiquitous in society, despite its well-publicized vices. Kicking the habit can be a painful ordeal –– however, many smokers don’t even try to give it up.
In a recent study, researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology try to explain why these people continue to smoke in a day and age where the long-term health risks attending the habit are all but impossible to miss. Their findings are published in the journal PLoS One.
In an article published in The New York Times, study authors Eyal Ert and Eldad Yechiam explain how their study rejects the common notion that smokers are inherently drawn to risks.
“Some evidence suggests that smokers do take more risks than nonsmokers,” they write. “They are more often involved in traffic accidents, less likely to wear seat belts and more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior. Women who smoke even have mammograms less frequently than their nonsmoking counterparts.”
“But we don’t believe that smokers have a greater tolerance for risk,” they continue.
- Why Are So Many Smokers Still Smoking? (medicaldaily.com)
- Self Control (interfsce.com)
- Smokers’ Decision Making: More than Mere Risk Taking (plosone.org)
- Cancer Council research says plain cigarette packs helping smokers kick the habit (abc.net.au)
- Smokers cost employers $3,000 a year in breaks: study (metronews.ca)
- Under Obamacare, Heavy Smokers Will Get Free Screenings For Lung Cancer (thinkprogress.org)
- USPSTF Recommends Lung Cancer Screening for Heavy Smokers (natureworldnews.com)
- Lung Cancer Screening Decision Tool (workers-compensation.blogspot.com)
Posted on July 30, 2013, in Health and tagged Hebrew University of Jerusalem, New York Times, PLoS, Risk, Seat belt, Smoking cessation, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Tobacco smoking. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.