Issues in the measurement of smoking: Summary and discussion

E. Lichtenstein, John Grabowski, C. S. Bell

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Investigators were attracted to the experimental analysis of smoking behavior for diverse reasons. The perceived simplicity of measurement appealed to some clinical investigators who had been dealing with less quantifiable phenomena. For others, smoking behavior and related or pharmacological issues provided a logical area for examination of related problems. From a clinical perspective, the goal was to eliminate or reduce tobacco use, and it appeared that the behavior could be measured by simply asking smokers how many cigarettes they smoked per day. Other scientists and clinicians were interested in aspects of tobacco use or nicotine effects insofar as a model existed for examining a commonly administered and well understood pharmacological agent. Analysis of tobacco use provides an opportunity for researchers to examine behavioral pharmacological mechanisms and perhaps contribute to the basis for therapeutic intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-112
Number of pages8
JournalNIDA Research Monograph Series
VolumeNO. 48
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983
Externally publishedYes


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