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Risk Beliefs and Addiction

in Smoke-Filled Rooms

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780226857473
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226857480 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226857480.003.0007
Risk Beliefs and Addiction

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A principal underpinning of smoking policies and smoking litigation is a belief that smokers are not making rational decisions. The two most salient concerns with respect to such judgments are whether smokers properly assess the risks of adverse health effects and whether they understand the difficulty of quitting smoking. This chapter examines these conjectures and finds they are without merit. The available evidence demonstrates that people are aware that smoking is in fact quite risky for one's health. Survey evidence with respect to risk beliefs for all available objective risk measures suggests that these risks are widely understood. The most prominent sources of smoking information are the government mandated warnings. The importance of providing baseline life expectancy values is apparent even to the designated experts in cigarette litigation.

Keywords: smoking; policies; health effects; cigarette litigation; life expectancy

Chapter.  15573 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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