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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Effect of suppressing thoughts of desire to smoke on ratings of desire to smoke and tobacco withdrawal symptoms
Authors: Erskine, James A K
Rawaf, David
Grice, Sophie
Ussher, Michael
Keywords: Smoking
tobacco
cravings
withdrawal
thought suppression
Issue Date: 20-Mar-2015
Citation: Erskine JAK, Rawaf D, Grice S & Ussher M (2015) Effect of suppressing thoughts of desire to smoke on ratings of desire to smoke and tobacco withdrawal symptoms, SAGE Open, 5 (1).
Abstract: Studies indicate that while suppressing smoking thoughts increases subsequent smoking, it may have no impact on desire to smoke. However, previous research has examined suppression of general smoking thoughts rather than thoughts specifically related to desire to smoke. The present study investigated whether suppression of thoughts of desire to smoke results in subsequently elevated ratings of desire to smoke. An experimental study examined the effects of suppressing thoughts of desire to smoke, versus expressing thoughts of desire to smoke, versus a control group thinking about anything, on ratings of desire to smoke and tobacco withdrawal symptoms at four time points (before manipulations, just after manipulations, 5 min after, 10 min after). In addition, effects of suppressing thoughts of desire to smoke on subsequent reports of thoughts of desire to smoke were examined. Suppressing the thoughts of desire to smoke caused thought rebound (i.e., greater subsequent reports of thoughts of desire to smoke). However, compared with control groups, this suppression did not elevate subsequent ratings of desire to smoke. Suppressing the thoughts of desire to smoke does not elevate subsequent ratings of this desire. Increased cigarette consumption following suppression of smoking thoughts may be mediated by mechanisms other than increased desire to smoke.
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2158244015572488
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