Smokers' self-categorization and the reduction of cognitive dissonance.

  title={Smokers' self-categorization and the reduction of cognitive dissonance.},
  author={Renata Tagliacozzo},
  journal={Addictive behaviors},
  volume={4 4},
Sixty per cent of a sample of smokers who smoked between one and two packages of cigarettes per day considered themselves "moderate" smokers, while the remaining 40~ o considered themselves "heavy" smokers. This study compares the answers of these two groups of smokers to questions concerning the health risk of smoking. The results suggest that those respondents who assigned themselves to the lower-risk category, i.e., the "moderate", were more aware of the pathological, long-term effects of… CONTINUE READING
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