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How many cigarettes smoked per day does it take for a person to be considered a smoker?

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How many cigarette s are smoked daily for people to be considered smokers? I heard people claim smoking one cigarette a day does not make them smokers. Also in research journals, how many cigarette s a day are they talking about when referring to smokers?

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  • jj02
    September 7, 2010


    One a day would be considered a smoker.

  • blue eyez
    September 9, 2010


    Hmmm I’d say anything > or = one..

  • Genie
    September 10, 2010


    Let’s put it this way:
    Either you’re alive or you’re not.
    Either you’re pregnant or you’re not.
    Either you smoke or you don’t.

    If a person smokes every day, they are considered a smoker, regardless of how many cigarettes they smoke per day.

  • asdf
    September 10, 2010

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    probably about 3; morning, mid-day, night
    1 a day is not really smoker

  • ProudMomof3
    September 13, 2010

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    I’d say, to be taken seriously, you need to smoke at least half a pack a day. Anything less, you’re just out to please your friends.

  • onetruerick2008
    September 16, 2010


    I remember surveys years ago when the “Nonsmoker” category said “

  • Julia
    September 18, 2010

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    Well’s what i figure is the following: if you only smoke once in a while, socially let’s say, or when you’re really really stress, it means you smoke, but are not necessarily a smoker. Just like if you have a glass of wine, it means you drink, but not that you are an alcoholic. So i guess that if you have one or two a day or just a couple when you’re out to dinner with your friends, you wouldn’t be considered a fully fledged smoker. More than like 2 or 3 a day, though… well yea. a light smoker, but a smoker none the less.

  • missmelissa12345
    September 18, 2010

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    it only takes 1…
    1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 1 1 1 1 1 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
    to be addicted…

  • Johnny
    September 22, 2010

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    None. I think a smoker is somebody who will accept a cigarette if offered one.

    The regularity doesn’t matter, it’s whether or not you will choose to do it if given the chance.

  • dazedlndconfuzed
    September 24, 2010

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    There are different levels of smoker, social smokers (only smoke with other smokers), heavy smokers (pack a day or more), etc.

    As far as a the cigarette companies see smokers, they’re interested in the people who smoke 9 cigarettes a day or more; I’ve taken surveys about smoking where if you ‘only’ smoke 1-8 a day they’re not interested (i.e. you don’t qualify). It’s not a black or white thing such as… well, very few things are black and white, not even if you’re alive or not (temporary death where major systems stop and body seems dead; vegetative condition i.e. mind is no longer having any activity except to keep body alive, etc).

    If you smoke on a regular basis, I’d say that you are a smoker, whether that is 2 packs a month, 3 cigarettes a day, etc. If you smoke 10-20 cigarettes a year, then no, not a smoker. It’s very relative.

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