Enjoyment of smoking and urges to smoke as predictors of attempts and success of attempts to stop smoking: A longitudinal study

Jennifer A. Fidler*, Robert West

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'Enjoyment' and 'addiction' have been proposed as opposing reasons why people continue to smoke despite the manifest dangers. This study examined the roles of these as barriers to smoking cessation.2257 smokers taking part in a national household survey completed postal-follow-up questionnaires 6 months later. Enjoyment of smoking was measured at baseline as was strength of urges to smoke during a normal smoking day as a subjective marker of addiction. Smoking status, quit attempts and quit success were assessed at follow-up. Data on age, sex, social grade and method of cessation support used were also collected. Associations between baseline measures and smoking outcomes were assessed using logistic regression.Only enjoyment of smoking predicted whether a quit attempt was made (OR=0.70, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-34
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011


  • Smoking cessation
  • Tobacco use disorder
  • Behaviour addictive
  • Health behaviour
  • Longitudinal studies

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