Quiz: Why do people start smoking?

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About This Quiz

Research has shown over the years that both smoking and smokeless tobacco can cause a host of health problems, some of which are fatal. But billions of people continue to smoke. So why do they start in the first place? Take this quiz to find out!

At what age are people most likely to begin smoking?

While research suggests that children start trying smoking as young as 10 or 12, the majority of smokers report trying their first cigarette by age 18.

When did the federal government start restricting tobacco commercials on TV and radio?

The Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act of 1969 banned cigarette commercials on TV and radio. Lawmakers took a year to draft the final version of the fiercely debated act, which President Richard Nixon signed into law in 1970.

Is nicotine used as a pharmaceutical drug?

Although it's not technically used as a drug, some smokers claim that nicotine offers relief from certain emotional disorders, such as depression. Researchers are investigating the nature of these claims to determine nicotine's exact effect on the brain.

Why do people with high-stress jobs sometimes start smoking?

Research and interviews with smokers suggest that cigarette smoking creates a sense of well-being and lightened mood in smokers. Many smokers use this effect to combat stress in high-pressure jobs.

When did warning labels appear on cigarette packages?

The Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act of 1965 mandated that tobacco companies put warning labels on their products. The act was amended in 1984 to further specify the warning labels' content.

How hard is it for an addicted smoker to give up tobacco?

While only anecdotal evidence provides a picture of how hard it is to quit smoking, the head of a heroin rehab center reported in 1975 that his clients found it harder to kick cigarettes than to quit heroin.

Who was the Marlboro Man?

Several actors and real-life cowboys played the Marlboro Man, the cowboy character that became the face of Marlboro cigarettes. One notable Marlboro Man, actor Wayne McLaren, later testified before congress about smoking's dangers.

How many people die each year from tobacco-related illnesses?

Amazingly, even with all the evidence out there that tobacco is deadly, more than 5 million people (or about one in 10 adults) die each year from illnesses related to tobacco use.

True or false: More men smoke than woman.

According to a 2008 study, approximately 24.8 million men were smokers, compared to about 21.1 million women.

Are children of smokers more likely to take up smoking?

According to some studies, children of smokers are more than twice as likely to start smoking than children of nonsmokers.

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