The Correlation Between Math Ability And Intentions to Quit Smoking Revealed

A new study at the OSU has found a strange correlation between math ability and cigarette smokers—

Analysts discovered that smokers who scored higher on a test of math ability were more likely to sate they intend to quit smoking. But why you might ask. The reason is they had a better memory for the risk associated math connected to smoking therefor they have a great intention to quit.

It was not the focus of the study, however, these findings help confirmed previous research that suggested that memory for high-emotion warning labels (like the graphic imagery of a cancerous lung) was lower right after the experiment than memory for the low-emotion warning labels (like those which employ cartoon graphics of gravestones).
Memory for the graphic labels declined less for those tested 6 weeks after than for those who saw the less-graphic imagery.

Regardless of the effects of imagery, those who scored higher in math ability tended to have better memory for the risks of smoking, including precise memory of the statistics. This was then inked to higher perception of risk and thus a higher intention to quit.

Researchers say their findings should be considered when health officials and policymakers decide how they present risk-oriented information to smokers.

OSU Research Suggest Smoking Bans Help Some Smokers Quit

A new national study shows for the first time how smoking bans in cities, states and counties led young people living in those areas to give up, or never take up, the use of cigarettes.

In particular, the study found that young males who were light smokers before a smoking ban was instituted in their area were more likely to give up cigarettes after a ban went into effect. Smokers who lived in areas where there was never a ban weren’t likely to drop their cigarette habit. Smoking bans did not seem to affect tobacco use among women, although their use was already below that of men.

While other studies have focused on how smoking bans affect smoking rates in areas where they are instituted, this is the first national study to show how the bans affect individual smokers. Results showed that the probability of a young man smoking in the last 30 days was 19 percent for those living in an area without a ban, but only 13 percent for those who live in an area with a ban. For women, the probability was the same (11 percent) regardless of where they lived.

The study was published in the September 2016 issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.