, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 413-422

The favorite cigarette of the day

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The choice of a favorite cigarette smoked during a given day varies considerably. Preferences are related to nicotine dependence and the lifestyles of smokers. In a sample of 5124 smokers, the “after-dinner cigarette” was chosen as the cigarette which they would miss most, while the next largest proportion of smokers (33%) said that they would miss the “first cigarette of the morning” most. The latter group scored highest on tests of nicotine dependence. In contrast, infrequent smokers (“chippers”) chose the after-dinner cigarette.

Supported in part by NHLBI Grant HL39770 and California Tobacco-Related Disease Program Grant 1RT-87.