"Hardcore" definitions and their application to a population-based sample of smokers.

@article{Costa2010HardcoreDA,
  title={"Hardcore" definitions and their application to a population-based sample of smokers.},
  author={Michelle L Costa and Joanna E Cohen and Michael O Chaiton and David T Ip and Paul McDonald and Roberta Ferrence},
  journal={Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco},
  year={2010},
  volume={12 8},
  pages={860-4}
}
INTRODUCTION As smoking prevalence declines, some suggest that so-called "hardcore" smokers will come to represent a growing and irreducible proportion of current smokers ("hardening hypothesis"). Different definitions of a "hardcore" smoker have been used in the literature. This paper describes population-based definitions of "hardcore" smokers and compares estimates of the prevalence of "hardcore" smokers derived using these definitions. METHODS Definitions identified in a comprehensive… CONTINUE READING

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