Smoking topography in a nonlaboratory environment

Int J Addict. 1987 Aug;22(8):719-25. doi: 10.3109/10826088709027453.


The relationships between the number of cigarettes smoked/day and the number of puffs/cigarette, puff duration, and total puff time/cigarette were studied. Data were collected on 12 regular smokers for all cigarettes smoked over a 3-day period in a nonlaboratory environment. Between-subject variability was substantial on each of the topographical measures. Neither the number of cigarettes smoked per day nor the classification of Heavy (greater than 25 cigarettes/day) vs Moderate (less than 25 cigarettes/day) smoking levels was related to the intensity with which cigarettes were smoked. Within-subject consistency on the topography measures indicates that smokers may have relatively unique smoking patterns.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Environment
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Smoking / physiopathology*
  • Time Factors