US Study Shows Most Smokers Are Unhappy About Cigarette Addiction

While it is often assumed that most smokers are happy to continue with their cigarette habit, in fact it appears that the opposite is more likely to be the case. Recent research carried out at the the GSU (Georgia State University)’s school of public health has shown that more than 80% of smokers involved in their study regretted ever taking up the habit and were unhappy about their addiction.

The study, which was published in the Tobacco Control journal analyzed data from 1,284 smokers from all over the USA and determined that 80% of subjects expressed either high or very high discontentment over their inability to give up their habit. There were no significant differences in the levels of discontent with regard to race, sex, income or education.


No Loss Of Pleasure Linked To Quitting

When smokers were asked, as part of the research, to verbalize their initial thoughts when bringing cigarettes to mind, some of the most common replies were “additive”, “cancer”, “expensive”, “stupid”, “dangerous” and “stinky”. The evidence therefore seems quite clear that the concept that the regulators currently have that smokers traditionally link the idea of quitting with a “loss of pleasure” is actually incorrect and misguided, since smokers do not seem to link pleasure with the habit in the first place.

The researchers are now urging the regulators to keep in mind that the number of smokers who expressed unhappiness about being addicted to cigarettes greatly outnumbered those who were keen to continue smoking when coming up with new regulations. They also pointed out that discontented smokers could benefited from improved welfare if new regulations were able to help them to escape their worries about the potential help effects of continuing to smoke.

Smokers With Psychological Distress Trying To Kick The Habit

This latest research backs up an earlier study this year which revealed that even those smokers who were suffering from high levels of psychological distress were working harder to decrease the number of cigarettes they smoked, thus emphasising the fact that, with an effective tobacco control policy in place, even the most dedicated smokers can make the effort to change with time.

The research covered 120,000 smokers who were asked about their attempts to quit and their smoking behaviour as well as their mental health. The data showed that smokers in all of the mental health categories smoked less in 2015 than they had in 1997, with even the most psychologically distressed patients dropping the number of cigarettes smoked to 14.5 from an average of 19.6.

These findings indicated that, since these smokers were keen to quit the habit, they could do with further help to give up, perhaps through encouraging them to use electronic cigarettes. Vaping has been shown to be very effective in reducing the health risks associated with smoking and also in helping smokers to give up tobacco. While finding a reliable electronic cigarette can be very time consuming, once smokers have settled on the right vaping device for them, they have an excellent chance of reducing their cigarette use and eventually giving up the habit completely.

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