• Ian NewmanEmail author
  • John DeFrain


Many smokers, especially those who don’t want to quit, feel like they are the healthiest people they know; they justify their self-diagnoses, attributing any health problems, if they exist, to age. Frequently assertions include: “My children are healthy, and I smoked throughout my pregnancy” or, “I have never had a sick day in my life!” These statements are often accompanied by accounts of unhealthy nonsmokers, particularly the obese, whose habits smokers see as posing a comparable if not worse danger to one’s health.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Nebraska–LincolnLincolnUSA

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