Men, not women, smoke to deal with emotions
Men are more likely to smoke cigarettes to control their emotions than women, according to a study conducted by Dr. Ralph Delfino and Dr. Larry Jamner from the University of California.
The findings, presented at an American Lung Association international conference, contradict a common belief that women are more psychologically dependent on cigarettes than men. The research found men were more likely than women to grab a cigarette if they felt angry, anxious, tired or sad. Smoking was also found to reduce anger and sadness in men. For women, smoking was more closely tied to social factors. Dr Delfino believes that the findings suggest gender differences in the effect of nicotine on the central nervous system, possibly because of interactions with hormones. He believes that smoking-prevention programs would be more successful if they were designed differently for men and women and if they targeted people according to their personality profile.