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Risk Perception and Cigar Smoking Behavior

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Abstract:

Objective: To examine the cigar smoking perceptions and behaviors of US adults. Methods: A national sample of 1,012 adults was interviewed by telephone. Results: Current cigar smokers differed from nonsmokers in perceptions of personal risk for cancer and views about cigar smoking as a cancer cause. Both groups showed substantial acceptance of the glamorized image of cigar smokers. Conclusion: Although recognizing smoking as a cancer cause in general, cigar smokers tended to show a self-exempting “optimistic bias” with regard to perceptions of their own risks.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.25.2.3

Affiliations: 1: American Cancer Society, Director, Behavioral Research Center, Atlanta, GA. 2: At the time of this work he was with the American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA. 3: American Cancer Society, Behavioral Research Center, Atlanta, GA.

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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