This book presents a counter-view, based on a survey of several thousand young persons and adults, probing attitudes, beliefs, feelings, and perceptions of risk associated with smoking. The authors agree that young smokers give little or no thought to health risks or the problems of addiction. The survey data contradicts the model of informed, rational choice and underscores the need for aggressive policies to counter tobacco firms’ marketing and promotional efforts and to restrict youth access to tobacco. 

The Catch-22 of Smoking and Quitting

The Catch-22 of Smoking and Quitting

The catch-22 of smoking and quitting
R. KirklandAhern

This chapter introduces a paradox that traps individuals when they face the decision to start or stop smoking. This paradox, which we call the catch-22 of smoking and quitting, results from the incompatible consequences of the belief that one can quit smoking at any time and by quitting avoid serious health ...

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