Relationship between smoking, narcissism, and impulsiveness among young women

Semion Kertzman, Alex Kagan, Michael Vainder, Rina Lapidus, Abraham Weizman

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Although the connection between smoking and individual differences has been recently recognized, the relationship between narcissistic personality traits and cigarette smoking has received less attention. The notion that personality traits can be associated with addictive behavior is influential in clinical practice. However, questions remain about specific interactions between smoking and personality characteristics that need empirical support to substantiate this hypothesis. This study thus identifies narcissistic and impulsive personality traits as precursors of smoking in a sample of tattooed individuals. In a cross-sectional study (N = 120), personality traits were assessed in young women (aged 18–35 years) using the narcissistic personality inventory and the Barratt Impulsivity Scale (BIS-11). The current study, using the regression analysis, has clearly demonstrated that young women who smoke have different personality characteristics as compared with women who do not smoke.

Original languageEnglish
Article number127
JournalBMC psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022

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Funding Information:
The Data in this article was used in the Ph.D. Thesis: “Cognitive and Psychological Mechanisms of the Risk Decisions among Women with Tatoos”, written by Dr. Alex Kagan, under the auspices of Prof. Lina Lapidus and Prof. Abraham Weizmam, in consultation with Dr. Semion Kertzman, carried out in the the Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies of the Interdisciplinary Studies Unit at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.

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  • Barratt Impulsivity Scale (BIS-11)
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Narcissistic personality inventory (NPI)


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