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1,000 smokers can't be wrong.


A recent poll of 1,000 smokers asked if they thought they might already have some lung damage as the result of their smoking. Almost half answered that they might. The smokers were then asked if they thought they would develop serious lung or other diseases if they continued to smoke at their present rates. Forty percent of them thought it very likely, 44 percent thought it somewhat likely, 5 percent thought not at all, and 9 percent said they didn't know. Finally, they were asked if they thought they were addicted to smoking--two thirds thought they were; the others didn't think so.

In addition to the enormous amount of scientific evidence that shows the health hazards of smoking, it seems smokers themselves are clearly aware of the dangers. Yet the tobacco industry is still trying to convince the public that smoking is a harmless and enjoyable pastime! Sadder, however, is the fact that so many who are aware of smoking's dangers seem to be resigned to their fate, apparently convinced they cannot brea the habit. If you or someone you know is addicted to smoking (whether they think they are or not), encourage them to seek medical help.
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Title Annotation:health behavior survey
Publication:Medical Update
Date:Dec 1, 1989
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