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Smoking and Tobacco

Smoking

01/24/2003

Question:

why do poeple smoke?

Answer:

Ninety percent of regular smokers started smoking before 19 years of age, often in response to advertisements portraying a message that smoking is cool, hip, macho; that smoking is linked to being popular; that smoking has many benefits and no dangers. Children and teen smokers have been shown to have higher rates of poor self-image, low self-esteem, susceptibility to peer pressure, rebelliousness, ignorance of smoking-related adverse effects, depression, and anxiety. Once smoking is established, many people smoke to avoid nicotine withdrawal.

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Response by:

Jerry   Friemoth, MD Jerry Friemoth, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati