The Functions of Smoking

  • David M. Warburton
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 31)


This chapter will outline the functional view of smoking. Smoking in this paper will be taken to refer to cigarette smoking. This functional approach regards smoking as a person’s use of nicotine to control his/her psychological state. This view is a formalization of ideas that have been discussed previously in a series of papers from our laboratory (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and other laboratories (6, 7). In our papers smoking was described as a form of “self-medication,” a coping strategy for everyday problems and the functional model can be seen as a more general form of this view without the quasi-medical connotations. The work of Ashton and Stepney (7) described smoking as a “psychological tool,” i.e., in functional terms.


Nicotine Dependence Functional Model Examination Period Adaptive Orientation Nervous Irritation 
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  • David M. Warburton
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyReading UniversityReadingEngland

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