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Under-reporting tobacco consumption is common, although there is lack of evidence whether under-reporting is associated with health risk perception. In this study, smoking topography from 110 smokers was recorded over 24 hours, aiming to capture a representative average of smoking behaviour. Participants significantly under-reported the duration of secondary exposure, and there was a significant interaction between self-report distortion type and risk perception. Analysis showed that smokers under-reporting puff number declared perceiving significantly less susceptibility to acquiring airway diseases, which is correlating significantly with the level of under-reporting. The present findings may suggest that under-reporting smoking behaviour has psychological functions beyond achieving social desirability.

Original publication

DOI

10.1177/1359105314560917

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Health Psychol

Publication Date

08/2016

Volume

21

Pages

1644 - 1654

Keywords

self-report distortions, smoking topography, susceptibility to airway disease, time perception, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Self Report, Smokers, Smoking, Tobacco Smoke Pollution, Tobacco Use Disorder, Young Adult