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Quiz: Why do people start smoking?
by Staff
Research has shown over the years that both smoking and smokeless tobacco can cause a host of health problems, some of which are fatal. But billions of people continue to smoke. So why do they start in the first place? Take this quiz to find out!

At what age are people most likely to begin smoking?

  • Between the ages of 18 and 25
  • By age 12
  • By age 18

When did the federal government start restricting tobacco commercials on TV and radio?

  • 1943
  • 1969
  • 1982

Is nicotine used as a pharmaceutical drug?

  • Yes, for treating gallstone pain
  • No; nicotine does not affect the brain or body.
  • No, although some people with emotional illnesses, like depression, claim cigarettes help relieve their symptoms.

Why do people with high-stress jobs sometimes start smoking?

  • Peer pressure: Smoking makes them look more intimidating, giving them better negotiating leverage.
  • Smoking gives them a legally binding excuse to take three breaks per work day.
  • Smokers claim that smoking cigarettes gives them a heightened sense of well-being.

When did warning labels appear on cigarette packages?

  • 1965
  • 1973
  • 1984

How hard is it for an addicted smoker to give up tobacco?

  • It's harder than quitting some forms of hard drugs.
  • Tobacco is not as addictive as previously thought.
  • It's the easiest drug to quit, taking about a week to get over.

Who was the Marlboro Man?

  • Several men played the role.
  • Charlton Heston
  • Burt Reynolds

How many people die each year from tobacco-related illnesses?

  • 200,000
  • 1 million
  • 5 million

True or false: More men smoke than woman.

  • True
  • False

Are children of smokers more likely to take up smoking?

  • No, they're less likely to take up smoking after seeing its effects firsthand.
  • They're equally likely to start smoking as children of nonsmokers.
  • Yes, they're more likely to start smoking.