Tingzhong Yang--How to understand occasional smoking
Date:2011-01-10 10:06 

Although most smokers smoke every day, some smokers smoke only occasionally, that is, on some days. According to Saul Shiffman, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh who specializes in studying occasional smokers, occasional smoking is increasing. While the overall number of smokers in the United States is dropping, the proportion of occasional smokers appears to be on the rise. This may also be occurring in China. Our recent a survey of Chinese urban adult shows that 44.1% of urban males smoke daily, while 19.4% of them smoke occasionally. Among women, 2.6% smoke daily, and 1.7% occasionally.

Occasional smokers do not seem to be nicotine-dependent. When they stop smoking for a day or two, they do not suffer any cravings or other withdrawal symptoms that torment addicted smokers. However, occasional smoking can also cause health problems. Occasional smoking increases cardiovascular mortality, and other health problems. Occasional smokers risk becoming daily smokers and suffering even greater health problems. Additionally, a study reported that occasional smokers are 16 times more likely than non-smokers to indulge in hazardous drinking. So, occasional smoking carries risks, and the healthiest option is not to smoke at all.