Risk perception and cigar smoking behavior

Am J Health Behav. 2001 Mar-Apr;25(2):106-14. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.25.2.3.


Objective: To examine the cigar smoking perceptions and behaviors of US adults.

Methods: A national sample of 1,012 adults was interviewed by telephone.

Results: Current cigar smokers differed from nonsmokers in perceptions of personal risk for cancer and views about cigar smoking as a cancer cause. Both groups showed substantial acceptance of the glamorized image of cigarsmokers.

Conclusion: Although recognizing smoking as a cancer cause in general, cigar smokers tended to show a self-exempting "optimistic bias" with regard to perceptions of their own risks.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Plants, Toxic
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Sampling Studies
  • Smoking / adverse effects*
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Social Perception
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Tobacco / adverse effects
  • United States