Accuracy and optimism in smokers' beliefs about quitting.

  title={Accuracy and optimism in smokers' beliefs about quitting.},
  author={Neil D. Weinstein and Paul Slovic and Ginger Gibson},
  journal={Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco},
  volume={6 Suppl 3},
Data collected in two nationwide surveys (N=361 and N=788) provide insight into the extent to which smokers recognize the ease of addiction and the difficulty of quitting. Smokers generally acknowledge that addiction occurs quickly and that smokers have considerable difficulty quitting. Youth smokers, however, generally believe that they would have less difficulty than other smokers and that they are less addicted than the average smoker. Adult smokers tend to say they are not different from… CONTINUE READING

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