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Symptoms of Diminished Autonomy over Cigarettes with Non-Daily Use
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue, Worcester, Massachusetts 01655, USA
Biostatistics, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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Received: 3 November 2008; Accepted: 20 December 2008 / Published: 23 December 2008
Abstract: Data from a nationally representative sample of smokers (ages 12-22 years, n=2,091) was examined to investigate the prevalence of symptoms of diminished autonomy over cigarettes. Six symptoms were assessed: failed cessation, smoking despite a desire to quit, and a need or urge to smoke, irritability, restlessness, or disrupted concentration attributed to nicotine withdrawal. One or more of the six symptoms were present in 18.9% of subjects who smoked less often than once per week. Among subjects who had not smoked 20 cigarettes in their lifetime, 12.6% had symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, and 25% had made an unsuccessful quit attempt.
Keywords: Smoking; adolescents; tobacco; dependence; addiction
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Savageau, J.A.; Mowery, P.D.; DiFranza, J.R. Symptoms of Diminished Autonomy over Cigarettes with Non-Daily Use. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 25-35.
Savageau JA, Mowery PD, DiFranza JR. Symptoms of Diminished Autonomy over Cigarettes with Non-Daily Use. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(1):25-35.
Savageau, Judith A.; Mowery, Paul D.; DiFranza, Joseph R. 2009. "Symptoms of Diminished Autonomy over Cigarettes with Non-Daily Use." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 1: 25-35.