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Reid wrong about comfort of smoking, research shows

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:555
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Smoking is not associated with better quality of life or increased pleasure.

    Results from a study that investigated links between smoking and pleasure and quality of life showed no evidence to support a controversial comment by the former health secretary John Reid (now the home secretary) that for some people their only enjoyment was having a cigarette (Public Health 2007 Mar 2, doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2007.01.005)

    “We found no evidence to support a claim that smoking is associated with heightened levels of pleasure, either in low socioeconomic groups or in the general population. In fact, our results suggest the opposite: that smoking is …

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