The Role of Anxiety Sensitivity in the Relation Between Trait Worry and Smoking Behavior

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Smoking and anxiety disorders frequently co-occur. Trait worry is a core symptom of anxiety disorders. While research suggests worry processes may be important to certain smoking behaviors, the mechanisms explicating these relations remain unknown.


The current study examined anxiety sensitivity (AS) as a potential mediator for the relation between trait worry and number of years being a daily smoker, latency to first cigarette of the day, smoking rate, heaviness of smoking, and nicotine dependence among treatment-seeking daily smokers (N = 376; 47% female; Mage = 37.76, SD = 13.46).


Consistent with prediction, AS significantly mediated the relations between trait worry and the studied smoking variables.


The present findings suggest it may be useful to clinically address AS among worry-prone, treatment-seeking daily smokers in order to address smoking behavior.

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