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Researchers: Smokers motivated by instant gratification & risk taking

Working together, researchers from both the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Haifa’s Technion found that smokers are mainly motivated by an urge for instant gratification.



Researchers have been puzzled over the years why smokers – who well know their habit endangers their health and that nicotine is addictive – often don’t want to stop. It has long been thought they have a risk-taking personality that dismisses the danger of cigarettes.

Woman smokes a cigarette

Woman smokes a cigarette – Photo: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

Around 22 percent of Israeli adults smoke, and 10,000 die of direct and passive smoking in an average year.

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