Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthorStephenLurieMD, PhDIndividualAuthor
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In Reply: We agree with Dr Gerace that "some
smokers [in our study] may not have included their smoking behavior in their
mental representation of themselves while evaluating their risk" of heart
disease and cancer. This point is precisely the key public health message
from our study. If smokers are not thinking carefully about these health risks
when they choose to smoke, then their choice is not a well-informed one. Even
if some heavy smokers accurately consider their health risks when deciding
to smoke, our study demonstrates that most heavy smokers are either denying
or unaware of these risks.
Ayanian JZ, Cleary PD. Perceptions of Health Risks by Cigarette Smokers—Reply. JAMA. 1999;282(18):1722-1723. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-18-jbk1110