Study: 9/11 Led People To Start Smoking Again


CBS New York
June 21, 2013

Roughly one million people who had kicked the habit went back to smoking because of the stress of 9/11, according to a newly published report.

“Former smokers used smoking as a coping mechanism to try to alleviate that higher stress,” study author Dr. Michael Pesko of Weill Cornell Medical College told WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell.

The analysis, published in the June 20 issue of the journal Contemporary Economic Policy, is the first to look at the net costs to society of terrorism-induced smoking in the United States after 9/11 and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, according to the college.

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