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In a new study, 51 percent of smokers cited the lingering odor on clothes, breath and in the house as the biggest disadvantage of smoking.

Today’s smokers feel shame, embarrassment

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 - 2:59 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 - 1:36 pm

It’s now been 50 years since the U.S. Surgeon General released the 1964 landmark report detailing the health hazards of smoking tobacco.

Since then, the number of smokers in America has dropped substantially. Smoking simply is not as socially acceptable as it once was.

Some of the remaining smokers recently indicated they aren’t too happy with their habits. A newly released questionnaire of 546 smokers (posed by V2 Cigs, a manufacturer of e-cigarettes) revealed the following responses:

38 percent of cigarette smokers have lied about their smoking.

54 percent have covered up their smoking because they find it to be embarrassing.

58 percent have been dishonest about their smoking to family and to loved ones.

14 percent have fibbed because they didn’t want to admit that they’ve been unsuccessful in their attempts to quit.

51 percent cited the lingering odor on clothes, breath and in the house as the biggest disadvantage of smoking.


Call The Bee’s Cynthia H. Craft, (916) 321-1270.

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About Healthy Choices

Cynthia CraftCynthia H. Craft began her reporting and editing career in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University. She worked at a Dallas, Texas, newspaper as an editor, and then at the Los Angeles Times, as an editor and Capitol Bureau correspondent. After working as editor in chief at the California Journal, Craft went to Lima, Peru, for three years as a visiting professor of journalism at Peruana Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. She's currently The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health, a position made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

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