Why do People Smoke?

You may wonder why people begin and continue smoking. Research suggests that there are multiple reasons a person might smoke, with many citing the mood-enhancing effects and social factors as key components of their tobacco use. Others note that smoking helps to alleviate stress. Luckily, there are healthy alternatives to relying on tobacco, and as a supporter, you can help your friend or loved one shape a fulfilled tobacco-free life. If you want to better understand the reasons people smoke, take a look at what our national initiative says about the different reasons people smoke.