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Behavior analysis of cigarette smoking

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Abstract

Patterns of cigarette smoking, treated as series of discrete events in time, were investigated with a variety of quantitative techniques designed to characterize individual subject smoking series and to illuminate the relationship between cigarette smoking and environmental events. Data were collected from a total of 35 subjects who were either participants in residential laboratory studies or in a smoking cessation program. Cigarette smoking events were found to be fairly irregularly distributed with respect to time within individual subject series. However, strong dependencies were found between the occurrence in time of individual acts of cigarette smoking and coffee drinking. In addition, the distribution and frequency of smoking events throughout one-hour activity sequences were found to be dependent upon the nature of the activity, and the temporal scheduling of activities was found to affect several quantitative indices of smoking patterns.

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Correspondence to Margaret J. Nellis.

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This research was supported by NIDA Grant R01 DA 02588-01.

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Nellis, M.J., Emurian, H.H., Brady, J.V. et al. Behavior analysis of cigarette smoking. Pav. J. Biol. Sci. 17, 140–149 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03001208

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Keywords

  • Cigarette Smoking
  • Smoking Behavior
  • Addictive Behavior
  • Activity Schedule
  • Smoking Cessation Program