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Today’s smokers feel shame, embarrassment

01/10/2014 1:15 PM

01/14/2014 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.

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Sacramento Bee reporters Cynthia Craft and Sammy Caiola write about community health issues in the Sacramento region. Their work is in conjunction with the California Endowment, a non-profit health foundation created in 1996.

Cynthia H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.

Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.


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