Addiction, cigarette smoking, and voluntary control of action: do cigarette smokers lose their free will?

Baumeister, Roy F. (2017) Addiction, cigarette smoking, and voluntary control of action: do cigarette smokers lose their free will?. Addictive Behaviors Reports, . doi:10.1016/j.abrep.2017.01.003


Author Baumeister, Roy F.
Title Addiction, cigarette smoking, and voluntary control of action: do cigarette smokers lose their free will?
Journal name Addictive Behaviors Reports   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2352-8532
Publication date 2017-01-24
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.abrep.2017.01.003
Open Access Status DOI
Total pages 18
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract Opinions differ widely as to whether addicts lose the ability to control their behavior and employ free will. This article reviews empirical findings regarding multiple questions relevant to the issue of free will among addicted smokers: Is smoking voluntary behavior? Can people quit smoking? Why don't people quit smoking? Why do smokers relapse when they try to quit? Do addicted smokers suffer from irresistible cravings? Are there some people who cannot quit? Are there conditions that make resistance impossible? Why would they smoke knowing it can kill them? The evidence reviewed here seems most consistent with the view that smokers retain control over their actions but cannot easily stop having frequent desires to smoke.
Keyword Addiction
Choice
Cigarettes
Free will
Smoking
Voluntary behavior
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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