Journal article

The reliability and validity of self-reported puffing behavior: Evidence from a cross-national study

Lion Shahab, David Hammond, Richard J O'Connor, K Michael Cummings, Ron Borland, Bill King, Ann McNeill

Nicotine & Tobacco Research | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

Self-reported puffing behavior has considerable potential as an indicator of smoking intensity, particularly in survey research evaluating population-based changes in smoking patterns. However, little is known about the reliability and validity of self-reported puffing behavior. This study compared smokers' perceptions of their puffing behavior with measures of both machine-determined puffing behavior and nicotine uptake to assess the utility of self-report. We assessed self-reported puffing behavior as well as demographic and smoking characteristics of 118 smokers from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. At two visits, participants were asked to provide a saliva sa..

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