WhyQuit's Smoking Initiation Survey Responses  



The below ten question online poll survey was conducted at
WhyQuit from May 7 to June 3, 2005 at 8:09 AM EST




1. When you first started smoking, how many cigarettes did you smoke before you sensed your brain issue an urge or crave command to smoke again?

I don't remember (296)

pollpollpoll 58 %

1 to 3 cigarettes (60)

pollpollpoll 11 %

4 to 6 cigarettes (18)

pollpollpoll 3 %

7 to 9 cigarettes (16)

pollpollpoll 3 %

10 to 14 cigarettes (19)

pollpollpoll 3 %

15 to 20 cigarettes (25)

pollpollpoll 4 %

2 to 3 packs (31)

pollpollpoll 6 %

4 to 5 packs (14)

pollpollpoll 2 %

6 to 10 packs (8)

pollpollpoll 1 %

More than 10 packs (16)

pollpollpoll 3 %

Total Votes: 503




2. When you first started smoking, how long did you smoke before you sensed your brain issue an urge or crave command to smoke again?

I don't remember (178)

pollpollpoll 52 %

1 to 2 days (31)

pollpollpoll 9 %

3 to 4 days (18)

pollpollpoll 5 %

5 to 7 days (12)

pollpollpoll 3 %

2 to 3 weeks (25)

pollpollpoll 7 %

4 to 5 weeks (9)

pollpollpoll 2 %

1 to 3 months (22)

pollpollpoll 6 %

4 to 6 months (8)

pollpollpoll 2 %

6 months to 1 year (21)

pollpollpoll 6 %

More than 1 year (14)

pollpollpoll 4 %

Total Votes: 338




3. How long after you started smoking did you smoke your first cigarette alone, without anyone present?

I don't remember (105)

pollpollpoll 30 %

I was alone when I first started smoking (76)

pollpollpoll 21 %

1 day (30)

pollpollpoll 8 %

2 days (8)

pollpollpoll 2 %

3 days (9)

pollpollpoll 2 %

4 days (2)

pollpollpoll 0 %

5 to 7 days (26)

pollpollpoll 7 %

1 to 2 weeks (20)

pollpollpoll 5 %

2 to 4 weeks (11)

pollpollpoll 3 %

More than 1 month (59)

pollpollpoll 17 %

Total Votes: 346




4. How old were you when you started smoking?

Age 11 or less (37)

pollpollpoll 8 %

12-13 (79)

pollpollpoll 18 %

14-15 (141)

pollpollpoll 32 %

16-17 (87)

pollpollpoll 20 %

18-19 (49)

pollpollpoll 11 %

20-22 (28)

pollpollpoll 6 %

23-25 (3)

pollpollpoll 0 %

26-30 (2)

pollpollpoll 0 %

31 to 40 (3)

pollpollpoll 0 %

Older than 40 (nil)

pollpollpoll 0 %

Total Votes: 429




5. What was your primary motivation for smoking that first cigarette?

I don't remember my primary motivation (14)

pollpollpoll 3 %

To experience the tastes and flavors (34)

pollpollpoll 8 %

I was seeking to gain acceptance by a peer or peers (135)

pollpollpoll 34 %

One of my key role models smoked (33)

pollpollpoll 8 %

To look more adult (43)

pollpollpoll 10 %

To experience a new adventure (60)

pollpollpoll 15 %

To rebel against authority (25)

pollpollpoll 6 %

I was given a free pack (3)

pollpollpoll 0 %

I had too much to drink (11)

pollpollpoll 2 %

My primary motivation isn't listed (35)

pollpollpoll 8 %

Total Votes: 393




6. How long after starting to smoke before you made your first attempt to quit smoking?

I don't remember (14)

pollpollpoll 3 %

Within a few days (6)

pollpollpoll 1 %

Within a few weeks (7)

pollpollpoll 1 %

Within a few months (8)

pollpollpoll 2 %

Within the first year (23)

pollpollpoll 6 %

Between years 1 to 5 (126)

pollpollpoll 33 %

Between years 6 to 10 (72)

pollpollpoll 19 %

Between years 11 to 20 (73)

pollpollpoll 19 %

After 20 years (37)

pollpollpoll 9 %

I've never tried to quit (6)

pollpollpoll 1 %

Total Votes: 372




7. If you could go back in time and have a second chance, would you again take that first puff of nicotine?

Absolutely not (353)

pollpollpoll 88 %

Yes, I'd smoke it (15)

pollpollpoll 3 %

I don't know (29)

pollpollpoll 7 %

Total Votes: 397




8. How long did you smoke?

Less than 1 year (4)

pollpollpoll 1 %

2 to 4 years (9)

pollpollpoll 2 %

5 to 6 years (10)

pollpollpoll 2 %

7 to 8 years (16)

pollpollpoll 4 %

9 to 10 years (27)

pollpollpoll 7 %

11 to 15 years (55)

pollpollpoll 14 %

16 to 20 years (64)

pollpollpoll 17 %

21 to 25 years (59)

pollpollpoll 16 %

26 to 30 years (53)

pollpollpoll 14 %

More than 30 years (70)

pollpollpoll 19 %

Total Votes: 367




9. How many cigarettes did you smoke each day?

Less than 1 (8)

pollpollpoll 2 %

1 to 4 (1)

pollpollpoll 0 %

5 to 9 (24)

pollpollpoll 6 %

10 to 15 (51)

pollpollpoll 13 %

16 to 19 (66)

pollpollpoll 17 %

20 to 29 (156)

pollpollpoll 42 %

30 to 39 (36)

pollpollpoll 9 %

40 to 49 (16)

pollpollpoll 4 %

50 to 59 (6)

pollpollpoll 1 %

60 or more (5)

pollpollpoll 1 %

Total Votes: 369




10. Which continent do you live upon?

Africa (4)

pollpollpoll 1 %

Asia (8)

pollpollpoll 2 %

Australia (25)

pollpollpoll 6 %

Europe (44)

pollpollpoll 11 %

North America (286)

pollpollpoll 77 %

South America (3)

pollpollpoll 0 %

Total Votes: 370






Sincere thanks to "you" for participating and to Peter at Free Web Polls!





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