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November 10, 1999

Perceptions of Health Risks by Cigarette Smokers

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthorStephenLurieMD, PhDIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(18):1722-1723. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-18-jbk1110

To the Editor: Drs Ayanian and Cleary1 concluded that most smokers do not perceive themselves as being at increased risk for heart disease or cancer (71% and 60%, respectively) after being asked: "Do you think your risk of a heart attack (or cancer) is higher, lower, or about the same as other (men/women) your age."2 However, their conclusion may be unwarranted based on answers to this question.

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