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The Functional Significance of Smoking in Everyday Life

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The Functional Significance of Smoking in Everyday Life: Report Number RD 1962 This 30 page, 1984 report from British American Tobacco "brings together available evidence on the role of smoking within the framework of human behavior in everyday life." It offers a glimpse into how complicated the act smoking is, and why it is so difficult for people to quit.

The beginning of the paper lists the benefits that nicotine affords the user in enhancing "life skills." The list includes improved selective attention, improved sustained vigilance, improved long-term memory, an efficient stress coping strategy, reduction of aggression, reduction in boredom, generation of feelings of well-being, and easing of social interactions. Near the end, the document compares nicotine to "tranquillisers, sleeping tablets, alcohol or professional help."

Title The Functional Significance of Smoking in Everyday Life: Report Number RD 1962
Organization Author British-American Tobacco Company Limited
Person Authors Ferris, RP
Document Date 19840424 (April 24, 1984)
Document Type bibliography, table, chart report
Bates Number 105538876-105539175
URL: http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/hib34a99


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