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Impulsivity and symptoms of nicotine dependence in a young adult population

Chase, Henry W.; Hogarth, Lee


Henry W. Chase

Lee Hogarth



Impulsivity is widely regarded as a risk factor for drug dependence. However, its relationship with the symptomatology of nicotine dependence is poorly understood.


To examine the nature of these relationships, we recruited 404 daily and occasional smokers from a predominantly student population and assessed the association between impulsivity, as measured by the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11) and several self-reported measures of smoking rate and nicotine dependence, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual’s (DSM-IV) criteria.


Overall, impulsivity was high throughout the entire sample but only modestly associated with nicotine dependence. Within the diagnostic criteria of nicotine dependence, two symptoms, which reflect automatized or habitual smoking, were most strongly associated with impulsivity.


These data support recent human and animal work, which suggests that impulsivity is linked to the formation of habitual drug use, and are discussed within the framework of a dual-system account of drug seeking.


Chase, H. W., & Hogarth, L. (2011). Impulsivity and symptoms of nicotine dependence in a young adult population. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 13(12),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 1, 2011
Deposit Date Apr 3, 2014
Publicly Available Date Apr 3, 2014
Journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research (Deleted)
Electronic ISSN 1462-2203
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 12
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