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What Were They

“To account for the fact that the beginning smoker will tolerate the unpleasantness we must invoke a psychosocial motive. Smoking a cigarette for the beginner is a symbolic act. The smoker is telling his world, 'This is the kind of person I am.' Surely there are variants of this theme, 'I am no longer my mother's child,' 'I am tough,' 'I am not a square.' Whatever the individual intent, the act of smoking remains a symbolic declaration of personal identity . . . As the force from the psychosocial symbolism subsides, the pharmacological effect takes over to sustain the habit . . . ”

Helmut Wakeham, Vice President of Research and Development, Philip Morris

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