HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Heavy smokers see cigarettes as 'friends'

Heavy smokers -- those who light up 25 times or more a day -- look to their cigarettes for comfort and companionship, according to a new study.

In-depth interviews with 51 heavy smokers in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research uncovered both anger and fear at the thought of quitting, say Beti Thompson, Ph.D., and colleagues of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

"Over 90 percent believed that even though smoking was dangerous, it was their 'friend.' The danger of losing a friend was more threatening to them than the dangers of smoking, and they worried about what would take the place of cigarettes emotionally," Thompson says.

"Although heavy smokers know they need to stop smoking, they feel angry that this source of physical pleasure should be taken from them. They see themselves as victims who have been duped into smoking and continued smoking," she adds.

Thompson and colleagues interviewed the smokers to find out what kinds of psychological traits might be linked with heavy smoking and the ability to quit. Most of the study participants were white men, ages 35 to 54, who had been smoking for nearly 25 years.

Nearly two-thirds of the participants said they were physically addicted to cigarettes. More than half said they smoked to relieve stress and anger or to keep people away.

"For many of these participants, any threat to their world -- a scolding from their boss, an argument with a spouse -- was sufficient to drive them back to smoking as a way to cope and feel better," Thompson says.

Many of the smokers had tried to quit on multiple occasions, but said social pressures, including friends and family who smoke, kept them from successfully quitting. The participants also feared withdrawal symptoms, weight gain and the loss of physical pleasure from giving up cigarettes.


'"/>

Contact: Beti Thompson
bthompso@fhcrc.org
206-667-4673
Center for the Advancement of Health
14-Jan-2004


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Heavy, lifetime alcohol users may be toasting metabolic syndrome
2. Heavy drinking raises the risk of early death after heart attack
3. Heavy drinkers use narcotics to relieve back pain, despite possible interactions, UMHS study finds
4. Heavy alcohol consumption linked to colorectal cancer
5. Heavy menstrual periods associated with economic loss
6. Heavy drinkers seem to get a bigger bang from alcohol than do light drinkers
7. Heavy drinkers bear the heavy burden of bleeding stroke
8. Heavy drinking by both sexes is a cause for concern
9. Insurance incentives might help smokers quit, study says
10. Do cigarette additives pose additional risk to smokers?
11. Burning anxiety: New treatment targets smokers with panic disorder

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/26/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Today TRC Companies (“ TRC ”) announced the release of ... business owners and leaders assess whether their organizations are prepared to move forward as ... is intended to assist business leaders evaluate their readiness relative to CDC guidance and ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... CITY, Mich. (PRWEB) , ... May 21, 2020 , ... ... a hands-free door opener that allows users to open swing-style doors without using ... doors and allows people to pull the door open using their forearm, wrist or ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... ... , ... Friends of Lisa Campbell, announce that Lisa Campbell, candidate for the ... Advocates (PPSEA). PPSEA educates and lobbies on behalf of women’s health and ... health care. PPSEA educates and lobbies on behalf of women’s health and works to ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... ... ... A new report from Kalorama Information, a market research publisher owned ... of care test industry. Given the need to diagnose patients quickly and the ... than in the past, according to the market researcher. , Diagnostic tests ...
(Date:5/16/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... May 15, 2020 , ... ... announced a new collaboration with the Open Source Medical Supplies (OSMS). The organization ... of their efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. , Created as a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/21/2020)... ... May 21, 2020 , ... ... Kearns, Boston, Massachusetts, founder/CEO of Burn with Kearns ( http://www.burnwithkearns.com ) and ... for fitness and wellness professional & competitive alpine skier Diana Healy. , ...
(Date:5/17/2020)... Tenn. (PRWEB) , ... May 17, 2020 , ... ... Certification for their managed cybersecurity services by Insyte CPAs, LLC, an independent service ... providing trusted services on which healthcare organizations can rely. , "It was a ...
(Date:5/16/2020)... ... May 15, 2020 , ... Sea Cucumbers have been ... frequent urination and joint pain, but have recently been making headlines for clinical ... the immune system , naturally. , Sea Cucumbers are considered a delicacy in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: